The common sorrel is a plant typically seen growing in grassland habitats. Sorrel is considered as a salad vegetable because of its edible green leaves. The flowers of sorrel appear reddish green before turning purple when in full bloom, usually during early summer. While sorrel is known to have its roots grow deep in the ground, it is also a good container plant with an upside: if it is in a pot, you can move it to a cooler location or away from direct sunlight during warm weather.
Species: R. acetosa
Binomial name: Rumex acetosa
- When the Ancient Romans are thirsty but water is unavailable, they eat sorrel leaves to ease their thirst.
- Ancient Chinese extract sorrel juice and use it to remove two things: freckles on the skin and stains on a linen cloth.
- A species of sorrel known as wild rhubarb is important for those in the business of tanning leather because the root of wild rhubarb contains an important ingredient for tanning called tannins. Not to be outdone, the stem and leaves of the wild rhubarb are used to produce a yellow-brown dye.
- In French cuisine, fish is cooked with sorrel because the acidity of sorrel helps dissolve thin fish bones.