Miranda Smith miranda3 at
Thu Oct 4 14:16:42 EDT 2001

Hi. The Sorrel to which the customer is probably referring is French Sorrel.
It's unlikely that it grows wild there. A couple of weeds are also called
sorrel. Anyway, French sorrel is a snap to grow. You start from seed in the
early spring and transplant out at about 12" spacing in moist, high organic
matter soil. It's a perennial. You harvest by cutting off the top of the
plant--give it a haircut. The leaves are arrow shaped and have long
petioles, so you will be cutting below the bottom of the leaf. You can take
cuttings a couple of times in the spring and a couple of times in the fall.
It's a rumex, so look for the long panicle of seeds--and cut them off before
they develop. If you let it go to seed, it will invade whatever area it is
in or close to with a vengence.

Look in classic cookbooks for sorrel soup recipes--Yum. It's lemony tasting.
You can put tiny little leaves in salad mix, but only a few. Too many and
they overpower the mix.

It's a fun crop. I love it, not only because it tastes good, but also
because it's nearly indestructable. Just don't let it go to seed. . . . .

----- Original Message -----
From: Marie Kamphefner <kampy at>
To: Market Farming <market-farming at>
Sent: Wednesday, October 03, 2001 1:24 PM
Subject: [market-farming] Sorrel

> Regards to the List:
> Hello everyone!  My bakery is coming along nicely - the building is being
> remodeled and I've gathered lots of recipes.  I'm looking at a November
> opening and hope to sell 500 Thanksgiving pies.  :-)  One of the
> of offerings will be "Desserts From the Garden."  You know, just about
> every bakery item could be in that category, but I'm thinking about
> pie, carrot cake, zucchini muffins and bread, fruit pizza and so on.  We
> have TONS of green tomatoes!  I am thinking about making green tomato
> mincemeat for pies later on.
> Funny thing; NOW that I don't care if I have them or not, I'm getting CSA
> customers for next year.  One of them has asked for sorrel.  I may be
> wrong, but I think it grows wild in these parts.  Can anyone please tell
> what they know about growing sorrel and how it is used?  I don't know how
> to recognize it.  So far, I've not found anything in any of my books.
> Isn't it a beautiful time of year with the trees changing colors, the mums
> blooming in all their glory and the delightful pumpkins stacked in spicy
> piles along the road?  *sigh*
> Marie in Missouri
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