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Scientific Name: Rumex acetosa

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Rumex acetosa


  • Perennial
  • Sheep's Sorrel is native to the northern temperate and arctic regions.
  • It is a clump-forming perennial with pale green stems and arrow-shaped leaves.
  • In summer it bears red-brown flowers followed by tiny hard fruits.
  • It needs moist soil in sun or partial shade.
  • Seeds can be sown in spring and the plants can be divided in autumn or spring.

Culinary Uses

  • Lemony taste
  • Tenderize meat - Wrap around steak or add pounded to marinade.
  • Substitute vine leaves.
  • Soups, salads.
  • Sandwich filling: meat, vegetable, cottage cheese
  • Sauce for oily fish - acidity will counter-acts richness of the fish

Parts Used

  • Leaves

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • High in potassium, oxalic acid and vitamin C
  • Diuretic and laxative
  • Skin disorders, insect bites and beestings
  • Anthelmintic - expel worms
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