How to Grow Sorrel And Their Benefits

Sorrel is a perennial herb that is grown for its lemon-like, tart flavour. They are easy to start off from seeds and can be grown most of the year. Sorrel grows in grasslands all over Europe and Central Asia, and dates back to 1700 in Jamaica. In this article, we will share how to grow sorrel, the nutrients and health benefits that can be gained from adding this herb to your diet.

There are three main varieties of sorrel: common, French and red veined. Common sorrel has long, arrow shaped leaves with a sharp, tart flavour. French sorrel has shorter, rounder leaves with a milder citrusy flavour compred to the common sorrel. Red veined sorrel has a mild tartness with green oval-shaped leaves with deep red veins in its leaves.

How To Grow Sorrel

Sow sorrel seeds outdoors from mid-spring to late summer. Grow sorrel in containers/pots in full sun. Sow seed around 1cm deep in individual containers/pots in well-drained soil rich in organic matter such as compost or manure. Water regularly, and keep the soil moist, especially in dry spells. When roots start to come out of the drainage holes at the bottom of the container/pot, transplant into a bigger container/pot. If you have soil rich in organic matter, no extra fertiliser is needed. Pick leaves when desired from spring till autumn by hand.

Nutrients And Health Benefits

Sorrel contains many nutrients such as vitamins A, C, B-6, B-9, B-1, B-2, B-3, and B-5. Minerals including calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, and small amounts of sodium, zinc, and copper. Sorrel also offers many health benefits such as helping maintain healthy vision, skin, immune function, growth, and reproductive system.

Sorrel is easily added to your diet, it goes well with many meals. Here are some combinations you need to try out: Sorrel with fish, shellfish, cream or butter, bacon, potatoes, rice, lentils, leafy greens, eggs, chicken and other poultry, cheese, soups, pastas, salads, sandwiches, pestos, and many more.