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Sorrel Broadleaf, also known as sheep’s sorrel, is a clump-forming perennial growing from 50cm to 1.2m, whose young leaves are often used as a vegetable, similar to spinach. The leaves are also added to salads, soups and soft cheese, and complement egg dishes. Sorrel is a natural accompaniment to fish as the natural acidity in the young leaves produce a definite lemon taste.
As a plant, Sorrel has pale green stems and a profusion of darker green leaves. A red brown flower appears on long spikes in early summer, followed by small hard fruit. Sorrel, or Rumex acetosa enjoys a sunny or partially shaded position, and will flourish in most soil types.
Sorrel is easy to propagate, by seed in the spring or division in the autumn or spring, and once established, can be difficult to completely eradicate.