I just couldn’t help myself! Wood sorrel is another wild edible found in many yards and wooded areas that makes itself known in spring. It has beautiful, heart-shaped leaves arrange in threes. Typically, the type that I find in most abundance has a yellow blossom, but white blossoms are common as well. There are even types with a pink blossom, but I haven’t found those in my area.
This is a great plant for the beginning forager. It is easily recognizable, and there isn’t a poisonous look-a-like. It’s quite distinctive in appearance, so much so that I introduced my children to this at a very early age with no concerns.
It is very sour because it contains high levels of oxalic acid, and consuming huge amounts of it would be inadvisable – oxalic acid, in large amounts, would interfere with the body being able to absorb calcium. That could be fatal. Small amounts, added into salads for an extra “zing” are perfectly safe and very tasty. If you like teas with a “lemony” flavor, try pouring boiling water over some sorrel for a tasty, healthful tea. Wood sorrel (or “sour grass” as it is commonly called) is full of Vitamin C as well.
The flowers make little seed pods once the blossoms have expired. These are what the kids go after! They’re a little package of sourness! And they’re just fun to find and eat.
I’m attaching a photo of one of my very healthy plants that has taken up residence in one of the pots I usually plant vegetables into. Since it’s been quite cool here yet, I haven’t planted them and have allowed the sorrel to remain. There’s enough growing wild that one wouldn’t have to cultivate it, although I kind of like the idea – the neighbors think I’m weird, anyway.