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NAME: Patience Dock
SPECIES / FAMILY: Rumex Patientia / Polygonaceae
OTHER COMMON NAME(S): garden patience, herb patience, or monk's rhubarb
CONDITIONS: full sun to partial shade, moist to well-drained soil
COMMENT: Excellent taste and texture raw. Used in salad or as a wrap, very nice mellow lemony taste, crisp when raw. Cooks down to a ochre-like concoction that can be used as a sauce or in soups and stews. * 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:
LOOK-A-LIKES: other species of dock, young corn
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):
http://www.foragingtexas.com/2008/08/dock.html (Curley Dock)