Wood Sorrel (Sourgrass)
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Wood sorrel is a creeping perennial that grows up to 38 centimeters in height and can be recognized by its small heart-shaped leaves that cluster in groups of three on a single stem. The leaves are green with light purple pigmentation on the underside of the leaves, Wood sorrel has 5-petaled bright yellow or occasionally white flowers. The stems and leaves have a mild lemon flavor with tart undertones. The acidic or vinegary taste of Wood sorrel comes from the presence of binoxalate of potash, which is also present to a greater degree in true sorrels and in rhubarb. This natural oxalic acid content is the reason it has earned the “sour” moniker.
Wood sorrel can be found in the early spring through fall months.
Wood sorrel is most commonly known as ‘sour grass’ and can be found while on neighborhood walks, hiking trails and in wooded, shady areas. It is botanically known as Oxalis acetosella and is it is not a true sorrel, but a member of the Oxalidaceae family. It is also known as Common Yellow Oxalis, Upright Yellow-Sorrel, and even Lemon Clover. Wood sorrel has been used for centuries for both medicinally and culinary uses.