Growing Conditions

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.

Ways to Cook

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.

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