Common sorrel, Rumex acetosa

Edible Parts:

· Leaves


The leaves can be a little bitter on their own, best to mix with other salad leaves. You can lightly steam or fry the leaves in an omelette or soup. Its uses are very similar to what you would use spinach for.

When and where to find it: 

Best between March and May, though you can find it all year round, including a second growth in late summer going into September. Found in woodland, grasslands, hedgerows and banks.

Other Observations: 

The leaves are roughly 4-7cm in length and are distinctly arrow shaped with sharp pointed lobes at the bottom that point downwards. It grows tall with red flower spikes. Don’t confuse it with Lords-and-Ladies.

Author: Paul

Paul has had an interest in the outdoors since he was a young kid. Walking, tracking and exploring the wilderness around him, from disused overgrown railway lines to the vast wilderness of the UK national parks. Over the last few years Paul has honed his skills into specific areas of bushcraft and survival. He is an expert in map reading, shelter building and knots, traps and fishing.


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