Sorrel grows in somewhat mountainous regions in small patches across North America but it also grows wild in our backyards in Southern Alberta!
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Sorrel originates in Northern Asia and Europe. Here in Canada, pickled cucumbers with sorrel was considered a delicacy in the early 1900's. It was used to treat scurvy due to its high vitamin content.
Sorrel can be used like spinach or other leafy greens. Use the leaves:
- in salads
- as stuffing
- sautéed and just wilted
- for dips and purées
- infused for tea
- in velouté sauces
- egg dishes like omelettes
Remember that the taste is quite sour. Some people boil them in 2 changes of water to remove the strong sourness.
The sourness can be desirable, however, if paired with fatty fish, veal, or cream for example.