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: 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)

 

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: 

 

OTHER USES: Dye;  Gum;  Miscellany. A slimy substance collects in the mouth when the leaves are chewed, this is used by magicians to protect the mouth when they eat glass. Yellow, orange and red to brown dyes are obtained from the flowers. The boiled whole plant yields a yellow dye.(1)

 

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