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Some gardeners would rather do without it because they see it as a nuisance weed. The other gardeners have learned about its healing properties and know that it can be eaten. The former should definitely deal with the advantages of wood sorrel…

With a little sour clover, salads can be spiced up visually and tastefully

All parts of the plant are edible

You can eat all parts of the plant from the sorrel. Both the leaves, which are in the foreground in the kitchen, and the flowers, roots, fruits and seeds are edible. Each part of the plant has its own flavor facets.

How does the sorrel taste?

The leaves are mainly used for consumption. They taste - as the name of the plant already suggests - sour. They also have a slightly fruity, spicy and refreshing component.

The leaves are considered good thirst quenchers on warm spring days. But be careful: You should not eat too much wood sorrel! It is toxic in large quantities, among other things due to the oxalic acid it contains (also for animals).

Uses in the kitchen

Wood sorrel can be used in a variety of ways in the creative kitchen, for example for:

  • juice
  • soups
  • salads
  • stews
  • smoothie
  • sauces
  • lemonades
  • tea
  • fried vegetables

Wood sorrel can replace vinegar and lemon in dishes. It is a perfect ingredient for the well-known green sauce and the roots taste delicious when fried as a vegetable. The flowers are often used for tea or as a decoration on cold dishes and in salads. The fruits, which ripen between May and June, are suitable for pickling.

How does wood sorrel work as a medicinal plant?

Make use of the sorrel as a medicinal plant! The best time to collect them is in the spring. But do not consume it if you have a calcium deficiency. The oxalic acid it contains robs the body of calcium. The medicinal plant works:

  • blood purifying
  • refreshing
  • antipyretic
  • diuretic
  • against acid reflux
  • soothing for skin rashes
  • against indigestion
  • against gallstones
  • in liver diseases


Do not eat the sorrel in bulk and every day! In high doses, it has a toxic effect and manifests itself in the body, among other things, in gastrointestinal complaints.

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