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sheep sorrel

sheep sorrel

A great instant snack food. Leaves shaped like knife/sword/ arrowhead with tall flowering stalks that sometimes resemble red grass with small reddish-colored flowers stuck close to the stalk, that sometimes branches at the top. Male flowers are yellow-green, female are red (lipstick). It has a strong tart, sour-apple or lemony flavor, quite a fun plant to eat. The entire plant is edible. Contains lots of soluble oxalates, but shouldn't be a concern to someone eating a diverse healthy diet. A great addition to any type of salad. Used for inflammation, diarrhea, menstrual bleeding. Has multiple cancerpreventing compounds and anti-mutagenics making it a popular anticancer plant. It’s one of the ingredients in the famous Essiac tea remedy.
Edible Plant Guide © 2012 Markus Rothkranz