French Sorrel – Rumex Scutatus
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French sorrel is a low growing herb, which likes well-drained soil and grows native in pastures of Europe and Western Asia. Its leaves have a lemon tartness and can be used as raw greens or cooked. It is used in French cooking in soups, as part of spring salads, and in soufflés and omelettes. French sorrel contains large amounts of Vitamin A and C and iron, but also contains oxalic acid, which should be avoided by those with kidney problems.
It grows to 45cm tall and has shield-shaped leaves with rounded lobes. It does best in rich composted soil with access to full sun, but will grow in part shade. It has long roots, so prefers a deep pot or raised garden bed. Leaves can be harvested throughout the growing season.