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NAME: Wood Sorrel
SPECIES / FAMILY: Oxalis Stricta / Oxalidaceae
OTHER COMMON NAME(S): Yellow Wood Sorrel
CONDITIONS: partial shade
COMMENT: Great compliment to fish dishes, in smoothies, as a garnish and a nibble. Leaves - add to salads, cooked as a potherb with other milder flavoured greens or used to give a sour flavour to other foods. The leaves are available all year round unless the winter is very cold, they have a pleasantly sour taste. Flowers - raw. A nice acid flavour and a pleasant addition to the salad bowl.
CAUTION: Contains oxalic acid, to minimize cook with lid off.
NUTRITION/MEDICINAL: The leaves contain about 86% water, 2.3% protein, 0.8% fat, 8.2% carbohydrate, 150mg calcium, 78mg phosphorus, 8mg iron, 0.6mg niacin, 78mg vitamin C, 6050µg beta carotene. 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)
OTHER USES: A yellow to orange dye can be obtained by boiling up the whole plant.(1)
SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):
- http://www.foragingtexas.com/2008/08/wood-sorel.html (good photos)
- https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Oxalis_stricta (good photos)