Friday, July 31, 2009
A Weed to Know: Wood Sorrel
Also called Oxalis, wood sorrel is another yummy and prolific weed. It has a sour/tart flavor that is delicious in salads. I also find it to be thirst quenching when I nibble on some while weeding. The Latin name Oxalis indicates that this plant has a high amount of oxalic acid but when eaten in moderation in salads or soups rather than in large quantities as a main course the oxalic acid poses no problems. There are many species and the common variety has three heart shaped leaflets that meet at a point. Frequently mistaken for clover (Trifolium) but clover leaves are not so heart shaped. It is also high in Vitamin C and was often used to prevent and treat scurvy. There's a Weed for every Need!