Hibiscus, Sourness, Sourness, Pickles, Rumex Acetosa

Botanical Information

It is from the buckwheat family. They are perennial herbaceous plants. It can be grown up to 60 cm. Its body is fluffy striped, juicy and reddish in color. Its arrow-shaped, large and fluffy leaves are hairless. The plant gives leaves as the pinkish colored, tightly arranged flowers in the form of spikes that bloom in summer are plucked. From its flowers, shiny dark brown tiny seeds ripen. Sorrel species can be reproduced by dividing their roots, if desired, while propagating with the seeds they shed.

Growing Places

It grows widely in shady and humid places except calcareous soils in Anatolia.
Known Composition: The leaves of Sorrel species, which taste sour, are rich in vitamins A, B and C and potassium. The young leaves are eaten raw in salads or cooked like spinach and eaten as a vegetable.

Benefits of the Leaf

The leaves work the kidneys and are diuretic.
It is useful in curing scurvy as it is rich in vitamin C.
It is a strengthening tonic.
It has a mild laxative effect.

Usage: Fresh leaves are eaten raw with salads or meals.

Benefits of the Root: It has a laxative effect because it contains anthraquinone derivatives. It is a diuretic.

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