Monday, February 1, 2010

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Sorrel is fittingly known as sour grass. Oxalic acid gives the herb its characteristic sour taste. "Oxalic acid can interfere with iron and calcium absorption," warns Tammy Lakatos Shames, RD, CDN, so if you're deficient in iron and calcium, use sorrel in moderation. On the other hand, this pungent plant does have health benefits: "Sorrel is used orally for inflammation of the nasal passages and respiratory tract, and as an adjunct to antibacterial therapy. Some people use sorrel for its diuretic properties," says Shames.

There are several types of sorrel, but the varieties most used are dock and garden or belleville sorrel. At your market, look for sorrel leaves that are about the size of spinach leaves; they taste best. Rinse the sorrel well before use. To prepare, trim tough stems and ribs with a sharp knife to prevent leaves from bruising. Chop or thinly slice, then add to soups, sprinkle over baked or broiled fish or toss in a salad. A little goes a long way, so start with a tablespoon or two in recipes.


3 comments:

Simone said...

Sorrel also makes popular Jamaican Drink. Does anybody know where can one find Sorrel in the DC area?

SoAmazing said...

the taste alone feels like it is just running through your veins. Envigorating!

Underdog the DJ said...

U can get sorrel leaves from Blue Nile on Georgia Avenue near Howard and get the green leaves from Whole Foods on P street. They are in a small box next to the Alfalfa and edible flowers section.