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NAME: Bitter Dock

SPECIES / FAMILY:  Rumex Obtusifolius / Polygonaceae (Rumex)

OTHER COMMON NAME(S):  Round-leaf dock

CONDITIONS: full sun to partial shade, moist to well-drained soil
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

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lemony

COOK

Late Spring-Fall

Leaves

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lemony

COOK

Late Spring-Fall

Buds/Flowers

       

Fruits

 

 

 

 

Roots

       

Seeds

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Summer-Fall

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Pods

 

 

 

 

Stalk

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

PORTION: moderate

COMMENT: When cooked it is delicious. Seeds can be used as a spice. (3)  * In this editor's opinion, Patience Dock is the best dock for eating raw, but not-so-much cooked, while Bitter-Round Leaf Dock and Curly Yellow Dock are best eaten cooked, but not-so-much- raw.

To remove this outer shell, toast the seeds to make the shell brittle, then "grind" them between the palms of your hands to shatter the shell off the seeds. Take this shell/seed mixture and go outside during a light wind and pour the mix back and forth between two bowls, allowing the wind to blow away the lighter shell material. This is called winnowing. The seeds can be roasted then eaten as a snack or ground into flour, boiled into porridge, added to bread, etc... Really, their use is limited only by your imagination! They add a nutty, quinoa type flavor to soups and stews. https://www.foragingtexas.com/2008/08/dock.html

CAUTION: Cook with lid off to minimize oxalic acid, as with spinach.

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL:  Astringent;  Blood purifier;  Contraceptive;  Salve. (1, 4)

LOOK-A-LIKES:  other docks, young corn

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: 

OTHER USES: “dark green to brown and dark grey dyes can be obtained from the roots of many species in this genus. They do not need a mordant.” Also used for caterpillar food (1)

SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):

  1. https://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Rumex+obtusifolius   

  2. http://www.eattheweeds.com/rumex-ruminations/

  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rumex_obtusifolius

  4. http://www.foragingtexas.com/2008/08/dock.html  (good photos)

  5. http://returntonature.us/stalking-the-curly-dock-rumex-crispus

  6. https://www.survival-manual.com/edible-plants/wild-dock.php

  7. http://identifythatplant.com/what-is-yellow-dock/bitter-dock  

  8. https://www.ediblewildfood.com/bitter-dock.aspx

  9. https://honest-food.net/curly-dock-edible

  10. https://www.ediblewildfood.com/belgium-wild-beer.aspx

  11. https://www.eatweeds.co.uk/dock-rice-feta-seaweed-parcels

  12. https://www.thespruceeats.com/everything-to-know-dock-rumex-species-3984477