Brought to us courtesy of Jess at Herbalways.net, who also runs Herbal medicine workshops.
This time of year takes a sharp eye to spot any plants to forage. But if you look hard enough and the weather is mild, you will still find some wayside nibbles. Of course it is important to know your plants, be able to recognise them, especially at this time of year when their descriptive qualities are not as obvious. As always a good plant/fungi guide is very important to confirm that you have the correct plant.
Sorrel– these juicy, lance-shaped green leaves are good to nibble on as you walk. Or gather some to eat in a salad. They make a great thirst quencher when out walking. Common sorrel’s basal lobes or lower edges of the leaves, point backwards and its smaller relative Sheep’s sorrel, has a stalked leaf which basal lobes widespread or pointing forwards. In Tudor times sorrel was a prised vegetable but due to its high oxalic acid content it should be consumed in small amounts.
Here are some of the different sorrels, common on the left, sheep’s on the right: