Seasonal Eats: Sorrel

standard April 5, 2016 1 response

This month’s highlighted ingredient is a green that I bet most people have never heard of. When I first got sorrel in my CSA box, I was pretty stumped myself. So I treated it like any other green. Which is perfectly fine to do. But there are a few key items to note about sorrel that distinguishes it from its lettuce counterparts.

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Nutrition:

Sorrel is in fact a perennial herb, from the buckwheat family. It has a lemony acidic taste, which balances and compliments many salads, soups, and dressings. Packed with nutrients, one cup of chopped sorrel contains over 100% DV of vitamins A and C, as well as vitamin B6, iron, magnesium, and potassium. Surprisingly, sorrel is also a plant source of protein, as well as fiber with minimal calories. With just under 3 grams of protein per cup, it is a small amount but significant for a herb.

Benefits:

Sorrel’s high vitamin and mineral content comes with some significant health benefits, if eaten on a regular basis as part of a balanced diet. The high levels of vitamin A aids in maintaining healthy vision, while vitamin C can help with immune health. Potassium and iron are known to help with blood pressure and circulation of blood cells within the body. Sorrel may also act as a diuretic, allowing the kidneys to flush out excess sodium, toxin, and water buildup.

Recipes:

Test out sorrel this week in one of these fun recipes:

  1. Lemony Green Sorrel Smoothie // With Food + Love
  2. Sorrel Lime Cooler // Martha Stewart
  3. Sorrel Pesto and Pea Pasta // Begin With Nutrition
  4. Zingy Chickpea and Sorrel Salad // The Greedy Vegan
Sources:
American Heritage Family. Sorrel http://lichen.csd.sc.edu/vegetable/vegetable.php?vegName=Sorrel
USDA. Garden Sorrel. http://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=RUAC2