I’ve been branching out on what I eat for the last year. Picking up new veggies I’ve never heard of at a Farmer’s Market, trying blog recipes with flavors that are new to me, and learning to prepare organ meats.
We make green smoothies in the morning, and like to vary the leafy greens we use, so I bought a bag full of sorrel with that in mind.
What I learned is that I was stumbling upon one of my new favorite foods! Sorrel has a very pleasant lemony taste, a teeny bit sour, but not bitter at all. It makes a great smoothie, and is also amazing in a salad mix! We’ve been using it for both breakfast and dinner this week.
When I surfed the web I found that there are many varieties of sorrel (of course!), they aren’t all lemon-flavored, and often have a more sour or bitter taste. Apparently the young tender leaves of early Spring are the most mild.
I checked up on the known nutrition in sorrel (even though I believe there’s more to eating a leafy green than just the nutrients that have already been discovered). I found that sorrel is a source of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, calcium, magnesium, and a little bit of iron too. Sorrel gets compared with spinach and is used as a substitution, and like spinach it contains oxalic acid, so if you’re prone to kidney stones caused by this, you’ll want to limit raw sorrel.
Am I the only one who is new to sorrel? Any favorite uses, or recipes to share?
I see a sorrel pesto in my future!