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Sheep Sorrel (Rumex acetosella)


Sheep Sorrel (Rumex acetosella) may be largely considered a weed, but it has been used as a spice and for its beneficial properties for centuries. Native to Europe and Asia, sheep sorrel now grows abundantly throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Sheep sorrel herb, sometimes spelled sheep sorrell, can be infused for topical use, steeped as tea, or added to culinary dishes as a tart flavoring.

Sheep sorrel is widely regarded as a noxious weed with 45 of the fifty states reporting it as an intruder, but the small, creeping plant has a long-standing reputation as a beneficial herb. Sheep sorrel does have some culinary value as a garnish and a tart flavoring agent in salads and soups and is one of the main ingredients in Chinese hot and sour soup. Sorrel does make a wonderfully cooling beverage and soup, and its tart flavor is a perfect foil for hot and spicy herbs and seeds. Sheep sorrel is a member of the Polygonaceae family.

Use with caution in persons with a history of kidney stones. We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.