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If you love tapping into mother nature's bounty when it comes to cooking with homegrown edible greens and herbs, look no further than sorrel

The perennial herb shoots up every spring and can be found in most places across Europe as well as in Central Asia and North America where it adds complexity to any number of simple dishes as well as a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals.

Sorrel's citrusy sharp flavour shines in savoury cooking, whether thrown into soups and salads or blitzed into smoothies or pestos, stirred into creamy risottos or baked into tarts.

What is Sorrel?

The vibrant green spring herb grows easily in many countries around the world where it's used in cuisine from Nigeria to Afghanistan and Albania to Armenia.

Both the leaves and the juicy roots can be eaten or infused in drinks.

Fresh sorrel, grows easily and can be harvested at home just before you need to cook it.

Nutritional Benefits of Sorrel

Sorrel comes with some impressive health credentials boasting a hefty dose of fibre, vitamins A, C and B6, iron, magnesium, potassium and calcium.

How do you cook with Sorrel?

Both the stem and the leaves of sorrel can be eaten and are so versatile they can be worked into a number of dishes fresh or cooked and treated as a herb, a salad leaf or a vegetable. 

Sorrel's sour flavour works well with eggs and creamy dishes as well as with chicken, pulses and potatoes.

Discover how to cook with sorrel in our recipe selection below:

Sorrel Recipes

Sorrel Drink

Try this sorrel smoothie dream recipe courtesy of smoothie fairytales. Orange, apple, sesame seeds and mint are blended in with water to make this refreshing and zingy green drink.

SHCHI: RUSSIAN CABBAGE SOUP WITH SORREL

Sorrel adds a citrus touch to balance the sour cream on top of this wholesome bowl of vegetable soup from Russia.

Find the recipe here.

Steak and new potatoes with herb quark and Sorrel

Citrussy sorrel is the finishing touch to this steak and baked potato dish with quark.

Find the recipe here.

Sea Bass and Sorrel

Chef Mauro Colagreco from Mirazur restaurant shares this recipe with us,  where he takes advantage of his own vegetable garden overlooking the Riviera to create a delicate sea bass and sorrel dish.

Find the recipe here.

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