Sorrel: Large Leaf (Rumex acetosa)
$0.25 - $5.60
Large Leaf Sorrel, said to be the most strongly flavored of sorrels, is especially valued for its early appearance in spring; in centuries past, sorrel provided a necessary source of vitamins and nutrients after a long winter. Though not especially well known in North America, Europeans have made use of this versatile plant since the 17th century; it makes itself useful as a culinary herb, cut fresh for salads, or cooked for greens. French chefs in particular often include sorrel in their salads, soups, and sauces. Sorrel soup grew to be especially loved, and eventually Americans with a taste for this delicacy learned to make their own version with a native sorrel. Sorrel has proven health benefits including reducing fever, generalized inflammation, and preventing scurvy. This powerful plant provides a very good source of vitamins, including A, B, C, D, E, and K; however, it can be toxic in large quantities.