Sorrel is one of the lesser known herbs and is not a popular herb in the garden. So What is Sorrel used for and why should we grow it in the Organic garden. I started growing Sorrel last year when I was offered a plant and I will admit I had no clue. So I made it my mission to find out more about this herb. I am so glad I did. I love sorrels leaves in my salads in Spring and I love that it has so many health benefits.
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What is Sorrel?
Sorrel is a rich green acidic-tasting salad herb or green vegetable. It looks and behaves rather like a cross between a dock and a smallish pointed-leaved type of spinach. It grows abundantly in the wild in Ireland, and the tender young leaves are coming up everywhere in sun-dappled woodland and verges in Springtime. Is also a perennial and comes back every Spring.
What is Sorrel Used for?
Although it is primarily grown for use in food, due to its sharp, tangy taste. Sorrel also has a vast array of health benefits associated with it. In dishes use it as you would spinach or you can use tender leaves in Salad which a lot of people prefer,
The health benefits of sorrel include its ability to improve eyesight, slow the ageing process, reduce skin infections, strengthen the immune system, and improve digestion. Sorrel also builds strong bones, increases circulation, increases energy levels, helps prevent cancer, lowers blood pressure, increases appetite, protects against diabetes, strengthens heart health, and improves kidney health.
How to Grow Sorrel in your Herb Garden
Sorrel is easy to start from seed or you can save time and buy a ready-grown plant so you can start pick leaves immediately.
Seed can be started between February and July. Sow seeds in pots 1cm (1/2 in) deep and place in a light position to germinate. When large enough to handle, divide the rootball up and give individual seedlings their own 5cm (2in) container. Plants can be placed outdoors in late spring and will eventually need a 30cm (12in) wide pot filled with soil-based compost.
- Sorrel likes well-drained soil in a sunny or lightly shaded spot.
- Can be grown in a container
- Water plants often, especially during warm, dry summers.
- Nip out flowers to prevent plants running to seed.
- Top growth of plants will die back in autumn.
- Raise pots up onto special pot feet or even bricks to allow excess moisture to drain away they don’t like soggy roots
- Divide established plants every couple of years in spring or autumn.
Here is my quick grow guide to Sorrel for you to download
Varieties of Sorrel
French Sorrel – Also known as Buckler-leaved sorrel, this one has green, shield-shaped leaves
with a citrusy tang. Grows to 15cm
Red Veined Sorrel – Red-veined sorrel has tart, bright green oval-shaped leaves marked with red veins. I grow this in my garden I love the leaves they are beautiful.
Common Sorrel – this looks very like doc leaves and has a lemony tang
I know Sorrel is unusual herb but it shouldn’t be overlooked. And I hope you enjoy this guide to What is Sorrel and how to grow it. If you are looking for more herb guides try out these links
- Parsley in the herb garden
- Tarragon in the Herb Garden
- Growing Basil successfully
- The Herb guides – Growing Chives
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