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Wild Foraging Series Sheep Sorrel

Article from: October 25th, 2012


Sheep sorrel can be found all over North America in fields, forest meadows and lawns. The Sheep Sorrel (Rumex acetosella) can be easily recognized by its distinct arrow shaped leaves. The leaves are pointed at the top and have a spike at the bottom on each side, giving them an arrow shaped appearance.


Sheep Sorrel a wild edible plant

Sheep Sorrel a wild edible plant


Sheep sorrel has a pleasant sour taste and is good for relieving thirst on the trail. Sheep sorrel also has a lot of medicinal uses (see below). You can eat it plain, fresh out of the field or use it in salads for a nice flavoring. When making a salad with mostly bland leaves, the sheep sorrel adds a nice flavor to the salad.




Sheep sorrel also goes nice with fish or chicken and rice dishes.

Sheep sorrel has often been used for its medicinal purposes as well.

Sheep sorrel can be used to treat or prevent scurvy.

Root tea can be used for diarrhea.

Root tea can be used to treat excessive menstrual bleeding.

Can be used to help treat fevers.

Good against inflammation.

Sheep sorrel is full of anticancer vitamins and antioxidants and has been tested as a treatment against cancer. It is a known folk remedy for cancer treatments. Sheep sorrel is also known as a cancer preventative herb.

Avoid excessive quantities of sheep sorrel due to its high oxalic acid content.

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