There are over 200 species in the Rumex genus. Where these plants were not native, they were introduced on purpose or on accident, and they can now be found the world over. Only a few species of Sorrel have had much interest by plant breeders, so the wild plants are what we have.
- “Sorrel” is also used to describe parts or tea from the Hibiscus which is popular around the Equator, but has no relation to the Rumex species
- Sorrel is used fresh and cooked around the world in traditional cuisine most commonly in Europe, but also Africa and Asia
- Sheep Sorrel was used to revegetate overgrazed fields in Australia
Sorrel is best picked when leaves are young and tender.
Common Sorrel (Rumex acetosa)
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