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NAME: Bitter Dock

SPECIES / FAMILY:  Rumex Obtusifolius / Polygonaceae (Rumex)

OTHER COMMON NAME(S):  Round-leaf dock

CONDITIONS: full sun to partial shade, moist to well-drained soil
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

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lemony

COOK

Late Spring-Fall

Leaves

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lemony

COOK

Late Spring-Fall

Buds/Flowers

       

Fruits

 

 

 

 

Roots

       

Seeds

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Summer-Fall

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Pods

 

 

 

 

Stalk

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

PORTION: moderate

COMMENT: When cooked it is delicious. Seeds can be used as a spice. (3)  * In this editor's opinion, Patience Dock is the best dock for eating raw, but not-so-much cooked, while Bitter-Round Leaf Dock and Curly Yellow Dock are best eaten cooked, but not-so-much- raw.

CAUTION: Cook with lid off to minimize oxalic acid, as with spinach.

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL:  Astringent;  Blood purifier;  Contraceptive;  Salve. (1, 4)

LOOK-A-LIKES:  other docks, young corn

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: 

OTHER USES: “dark green to brown and dark grey dyes can be obtained from the roots of many species in this genus. They do not need a mordant.” Also used for caterpillar food (1)

SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):

  1. https://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Rumex+obtusifolius   

  2. http://www.eattheweeds.com/rumex-ruminations/

  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rumex_obtusifolius

  4. http://www.foragingtexas.com/2008/08/dock.html  (good photos)

  5. http://returntonature.us/stalking-the-curly-dock-rumex-crispus

  6. https://www.survival-manual.com/edible-plants/wild-dock.php

  7. http://identifythatplant.com/what-is-yellow-dock/bitter-dock  

  8. https://www.ediblewildfood.com/bitter-dock.aspx

  9. https://honest-food.net/curly-dock-edible

  10. https://www.ediblewildfood.com/belgium-wild-beer.aspx

  11. https://www.eatweeds.co.uk/dock-rice-feta-seaweed-parcels

  12. https://www.thespruceeats.com/everything-to-know-dock-rumex-species-3984477