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Scientific classification
Core eudicots
R. acetosa
Binomial name
Rumex acetosa

Rumex stenophyllus Ledeb.

Rumex acetosa - Hapu oblikas

Common sorrel or garden sorrel (Rumex acetosa), often simply called sorrel, is a perennial herb that is cultivated as a garden herb or leaf vegetable (pot herb). Sorrel is also know by the names spinach dock and narrow-leaved dock.


Sorrel is a slender plant. It is about 60 centimetres (cm) high, and it has roots that go far into the ground. Sorrel also has juicy stems and oblong leaves that can be eaten.


It has whorled spikes of reddish-green flowers, which bloom in summer, becoming purplish. The stamens and pistils are on different plants (dioecious); the ripe seeds are brown and shining.


Sorrel soup with egg and croutons (Zupa szczawiowa z jajkiem i grzankami)
Sorrel soup with egg and croutons; Polish cuisine

Common sorrel has been cultivated for centuries. The leaves may be puréed in soups and sauces or added to salads and shav; they have a flavour that is similar to kiwifruit or sour wild strawberries. The plant's sharp taste is due to oxalic acid, which is a poison. In small quantities sorrel is harmless; in large quantities it can be fatal.

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