Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Sheep Sorrel

Any time I sheet mulch or a mole disturbs an area, a green ground cover comes in.  It's leaves have the look of a trident or fleur de lis.  Not wanting it in the garden, I pull it up by the pound.  Since we have chickens I throw any plant that I weed to the chickens to see if they will eat it.  Not only do the chickens love the greens of the plant, they also love the seed it produces. It produces a ton of seeds spring through fall.  The seeds come within a few weeks of the leaves.

Finding out what this plant was took a few months. Finally, I was flipping through an edible plant book bought at a 2nd hand book store, and saw this mystery plant.  The plant is Sheep Sorrel and is edible. Sheep sorrel has a tart kind of lemony taste to it.  We now use it in our salads to give the salad a little flavor.

Sheep Sorrel is high in vitamins C and A. It has trace amounts of vitamin B and beneficial anti-oxidants.  On the slightly negative side, Sheep Sorrel is high in oxalate acid.  Therefore, it should not be eaten by the pound or else it will block the uptake of other important nutrients like calcium.

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