Know Your Sorrel

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This leafy plant is nice and green, resembles spinach and has a tart flavor. A lot of people compare its taste to lemons however having eaten it I would say it is a whole lot less tart. It has lots of minerals. Fresh sorrel is usually available at farmers markets and specialty stores during the spring and summer. It is a plant you can even grow in your own garden but you have to take care of it. Once you take the leaves to cut and use the sorrel will grow back next year.

Sorrel is a member of the knotweed family which also has such well known products like rhubarb and buckwheat. Different kinds of sorrel:

  • The most common kind is the one which is usually available at markets and nurseries for planting. A deep-rooted perennial which lasts for many years. It has a sharp flavor and arrow-shaped leaves.
  • French sorrel can be found in some markets. Its flavor is milder and it has smaller and more rounded leaves.
  • Red-veined sorrel with red veins running through the leaves. It has a mild and less tart flavor and is great for salads.
  • Sheep’s sorrel grows wild in the U.S. It is just as sour as common sorrel but has smaller leaves.

It can be used as an herb such as parley or basil. Just chop it up real fine and add it to salad dressings, marinades or stir it into the soup. The tender and green leaves can also be ripped up and added to salads and stir-fries. Its special tart flavor makes is great with potatoes, eggs, and even whole grains. It is tasty with smoked or oily fish such as salmon or mackerel. A typical sorrel accompaniment is sour cream or yogurt since the creaminess of these ingredients makes the flavor less sharp. It can also be added to other cooked greens such as spinach, chard or kale.

Fresh sorrel keeps for a day or two and should be wrapped in plastic and kept in the fridge. If you’re going to store it for a bit longer then rinse it clean, pat dry and roll the leaves up in paper towel before putting in plastic. If you have a lot of sorrel you can cook the leaves until they just wilt and fall apart. Then freeze them for later use.

My mom made two wonderful foods with sorrel:

Tangy Egg Salad

Ingredients

Boiled eggs

Chopped fresh sorrel

Sour cream

Mayonnaise

Salt and pepper

Preparation

This salad can be made as large or small as you want it to be. So boil as many eggs as you need. Chop up fresh sorrel also depending on how tart you want the salad. Mix up some sour cream with some mayonnaise. Adjust for taste with salt and pepper. Chop up the boiled eggs and mix through with the dressing. It’s great as a salad, as a side or on crackers or bread.

Sorrel Soup

Ingredients

Several bunches of sorrels (depending on how thick you like your soup)

3-4 tbls. of barley (before adding let the barley soak in water around 20 minutes)

Cubed medium onion

3-4 cloves of garlic chopped (I really like garlic so I put a handful of cloves whole in soup)

2 carrots cubed

2 or more potatoes cubed

Smoked pork ribs or smoked pork butt (you can substitute for beef soup meat or when the soup is ready at the last add sliced smoked sausage)

2 bay leaves

Some whole black peppers

Several beef bouillon cubes

Salt and pepper

Boiled eggs

Sour cream

Preparation

First if you’re using pork or beef add the meat to a soup pot covered with hot water. Add the bouillon cubes, onion, garlic, carrot and barley. Add the bay leaves, black peppers and adjust for seasoning. Once the pot boils put it on low and let the soup boil until the meat and barley are just about tender. Then add the potatoes until they are ready. At the very last add torn up sorrel leaves and mix through the hot soup. They will wilt right away and will be ready. Take the meat out of the soup. In each bowl chop up a boiled egg, add the soup and a spoonful of sour cream. Mix the sour cream through the soup and enjoy. Eat the meat with the soup accompanied by horseradish or mustard.  

If you are chose to use smoked sausage then cook the soup with all of the ingredients except for meat. When the soup is ready add the sliced sausage and boil five minutes. Then add the sorrel and just mix through. Serve as above.

You can also make this soup without adding any meat or sausage. In this way it can be eaten as a cold soup in summer with just boiled egg and sour cream.

Author: Rasma Raisters

I am a poet and writer. I dream big and enjoy life.


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16 thoughts on “Know Your Sorrel”

  1. reeta magar says:

    nice article about the sorrel it is helpfulll for so many homecooks.

    1. Rasma Raisters says:

      Glad it could help and hope you enjoy sorrel.

  2. Gopu says:

    Love to have one.

    1. Rasma Raisters says:

      It really tastes good in reccipes.

  3. DeepshikhaStha says:

    wow. awesome article about sorrel. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Rasma Raisters says:

      You’re welcome and glad you liked this article.

  4. Kushagra says:

    Great content. Absolutely loved it.

    1. Rasma Raisters says:

      Thank you very much. Glad you liked this.

  5. Francisco Mora Ruiz says:

    Muy buen articulo, solo faltaron fotos de la acedera para su mejor identificacion,ya que se conoce con otros nombres. Excelente!!!

  6. kajal says:

    Good article about sorrel it’s very helpful, thanks for sharing.

  7. Basanti Tamang says:

    Thank you for posting articles on various topics. Also thank you for sharing information about sorrel.

  8. Pratyush Das Sarma says:

    This article was quite helpful with those information about sorrel and cooking recipes.

  9. yash says:

    this is a great artice, it will help many housevies and homecooks

  10. Shaerm says:

    my friend said In northern Nigeria, sorrel is used in stews usually with spinach

  11. Pramisa says:

    this is outstanding.

  12. Fernando says:

    Wow, that’s great! I’m definitely gonna try the Tangy Egg Salad!

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