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NAME: Wood Sorrel

SPECIES / FAMILY:  Oxalis Stricta / Oxalidaceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S):  Yellow Wood Sorrel

CONDITIONS: partial shade
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

 

 

 

 

Leaves

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RAW/COOK

Summer-Fall

Buds/Flowers

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RAW/COOK

Summer-Fall

Fruits

 

 

 

 

Roots

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Seed Pod

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RAW/COOK Summer-Fall

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Pods

 

 

 

 

Stalk

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION: small

 

COMMENT: Great compliment to fish dishes, in smoothies, as a garnish and a nibble. Leaves - add to salads, cooked as a potherb with other milder flavoured greens or used to give a sour flavour to other foods. The leaves are available all year round unless the winter is very cold, they have a pleasantly sour taste. Flowers - raw. A nice acid flavour and a pleasant addition to the salad bowl.

 

CAUTION:  Contains oxalic acid, to minimize cook with lid off.

 

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL:  The leaves contain about 86% water, 2.3% protein, 0.8% fat, 8.2% carbohydrate, 150mg calcium, 78mg phosphorus, 8mg iron, 0.6mg niacin, 78mg vitamin C, 6050µg beta carotene. Vitamin A & C (4) Anthelmintic;  Antiphlogistic;  Antiscorbutic;  Astringent;  Depurative;  Diuretic;  Emmenagogue;  Febrifuge;  Lithontripic;  Miscellany;  Stomachic;  Styptic. (1) Also: https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-228/wood-sorrel

 

LOOK-A-LIKES:  Clover - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clover (Wood Sorrel’s leaflets are heart-shaped, not oval as in Clovers)

 

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: 

 

OTHER USES: A yellow to orange dye can be obtained by boiling up the whole plant.(1)

 

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

  1. https://pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Oxalis+stricta
  2. http://www.eattheweeds.com/?s=wood+sorrel
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxalis_stricta  
  4. http://www.foragingtexas.com/2008/08/wood-sorel.html  (good photos)
  5. https://plighttofreedom.com/yellow-wood-sorrel
  6. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Oxalis_stricta  (good photos)