PLANT PROFILE

 

NAME: Wood Sorrel

LATIN NAME / FAMILY:  Oxalis grandis, Oxalis dillenii / Oxalidaceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S):  yellow wood sorrel

CONDITIONS: partial shade
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

 

 

 

 

Leaves

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lemony-tart

RAW/COOK

Spring-Fall

Buds/Flowers

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lemony-tart

RAW/COOK

Spring-Fall

Fruits

 

 

 

 

Roots

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Seeds

 

 

   

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Pods

 

 

 

 

Stalk

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION: small

 

COMMENT/CAUTION: Great compliment to fish dishes, as a garnish, and a nibble. CAUTION:  “The leaves contain oxalic acid, which gives them their sharp flavour. Perfectly all right in small quantities, the leaves should not be eaten in large amounts since oxalic acid can bind up the body's supply of calcium leading to nutritional deficiency. The quantity of oxalic acid will be reduced if the leaves are cooked. People with a tendency to rheumatism, arthritis, gout, kidney stones or hyperacidity should take especial caution if including this plant in their diet since it can aggravate their condition.”(1)

 

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL:  Vitamin A & C (4) Anthelmintic;  Antiphlogistic;  Antiscorbutic;  Astringent;  Depurative;  Diuretic;  Emmenagogue;  Febrifuge;  Lithontripic;  Miscellany;  Stomachic;  Styptic. (1) Also: https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-228/wood-sorrel

 

LOOK-A-LIKES:  Clover - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clover (Wood sorrel’s leaflets are heart-shaped, not oval as in Clovers)

 

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: 

 

OTHER USES:  yellow-orange dye from boiling whole plant (5)

 

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

  1. https://www.pfaf.org/user/plant.aspx?LatinName=Oxalis+corniculata
  2. http://www.eattheweeds.com/?s=wood+sorrel
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxalis_grandis
  4. http://www.foragingtexas.com/2008/08/wood-sorel.html  (good photos)
  5. https://plighttofreedom.com/yellow-wood-sorrel