Low in calories and rich in essential nutrients
Common sorrel is an edible perennial with sour tasting oblong leaves, arrow shaped and small red flowers. Commonly used in continental Europe as an addition to salads or in soups. Cut back prior to seed setting to avoid self seeding. Great in soups to replace spinach, low calories and an excellent source of essential nutrients such as fiber, magnesium, and vitamins C and A.
Scientific Name: rumex acetosa
Plant Life Cycle: Perennial
Optimal Germination Temperature: 18C
Germination time in days: 10-15 days
Indicative Days to maturity: 40-90 days
Sunlight: Full sun / Partial shade
Soil requirement: well drained
Sowing and cultivation: Sow directly outdoors after last chance of frost has passed from May to August into well prepared soil in a sunny spot when temperatures reach around 16-18C. Sow seeds thinly into drills 1 cm deep and 38 cm apart.