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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.
To remove this outer shell, toast the seeds to make the shell brittle, then "grind" them between the palms of your hands to shatter the shell off the seeds. Take this shell/seed mixture and go outside during a light wind and pour the mix back and forth between two bowls, allowing the wind to blow away the lighter shell material. This is called winnowing. The seeds can be roasted then eaten as a snack or ground into flour, boiled into porridge, added to bread, etc... Really, their use is limited only by your imagination! They add a nutty, quinoa type flavor to soups and stews. https://www.foragingtexas.com/2008/08/dock.html
CAUTION: Cook with lid off to minimize oxalic acid, as with spinach.
NUTRITION / MEDICINAL: The juice, and an infusion of the root, has been used as a poultice and salve in the treatment of various skin problems. An infusion of the root has been used in the treatment of constipation. The leaves have been rubbed in the mouth to treat sore throats.(1)
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 of various species. (1)
SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):
http://www.foragingtexas.com/2008/08/dock.html (Curley Dock)