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For some gardeners it grows rampant and is considered a weed. With the other gardeners, who would like to see him, he does not feel comfortable even after sowing and dies. We're talking about horn sorrel. Did you know it's edible?

Horn sorrel is edible - in moderation!

The features by which you recognize him

Horn sorrel flowers from May to October. He shows his yellow flowers. The flowers consist, among other things, of five petals and hairy, green-colored sepals. Below them are the leaves. They like to be tinged with red. Their shape is inverted heart-shaped, they are fingered and stalked in three parts.

Horn sorrel is often found in deciduous and coniferous forests. Even in winter he can peek out from under the snow cover. It prefers to grow in semi-shady, acidic soil. If you walk through the forest between March and April, you are sure to meet him!

A sour-fruity taste

Anyone who has collected fresh wood sorrel can taste it. It can be eaten raw and tastes sour, slightly fruity and spicy. Its leaves and flowers are mostly eaten. But its fruits and roots are also edible, for example as vegetables prepared in a pot or pan.

The quantity makes the poison

Wood sorrel is poisonous in large quantities. It contains oxalic acid, which is also found in rhubarb, beetroot and spinach. It is partially destroyed when heated and in large quantities has a negative effect on physical well-being.

Use well dosed for healing purposes

If you want to take the horn sorrel, for example as a juice, tea infusion, tincture or in a salad, you should dose it sparingly. You should z. B. do not drink pure and by the glass. It is better to dilute the juice with water or tea and drink no more than 50 ml per day.

Areas of application where it is effective

Due to the mucilage it contains, its high vitamin C content, its fatty oils and other ingredients, horn sorrel has healing powers and can be used, among other things, for:

  • rheumatism
  • heartburn
  • intestinal cramps
  • gout
  • gallstones
  • urinary tract infections
  • fever


In households with small children and free-roaming pets, it is advisable not to plant the horn sorrel too luxuriantly, but rather to destroy it due to its toxicity.

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