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Definition: Sorrel

A herb that belongs to the buckwheat family which grows abundantly (it is a weed) in meadows in most parts of Europe. It's cultivated as a vegetable with leaves that are shaped much like those of spinach.

Sorrel ranges from pale to dark green in color and grows 2 to 12 inches in length. It has an acidic sour taste that can be used to flavor cream soups, accompany meats, or fill omelets and breads. Fresh sorrel is available in limited supply year round with the peak season in springtime when it is often used in salads or cooked as a vegetable.

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celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 8 years
does it smell kind of like lemons? i think i have this in my yard
krisua krisua 8 years
I bet it's uncontrollably healthy :)
noirvintage noirvintage 8 years
In the Jamaica, sorrel is Red Sorrel. The buds are used to make a festive Christmas drink (it's super good). First hearing about this sorrel.
smeehle smeehle 8 years
Ironically, my mom and I were just talking about how hard it can be to find herby greeny things like sorrel and chervil and watercress, even at farmer's markets, even in urban areas (at least in urban areas where Alice Waters' influence has yet to reach). Mom's tip is to find a Seventh Day Adventist grocery. They're more likely to have really great organically and locally-grown produce, especially greens. :-)
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