Sorrel is a perennial herb that I have never spotted in a garden center in Arkansas, although I did see it in some northern garden centers when I lived there. Sorrel has light to medium green thick, big leaves. It has a tart taste that’s reminiscent of lemons, and that makes it a great addition to fish stuffing, whole-grain rice, summer vegetable frittatas, summer soups, and–in limited quantities– summer salads like cole slaw. I’m excited about sorrel today because, unable to find local sources for the plants, I decided to grow it from seed this year, and my seeds have successfully sprouted. If you have an opportunity to grow sorrel, but all means give it a try. It’s a superb local replacement for lemons in the summer, when those are out of season.
I hate to count my seedlings before they grow, but if they make, I’ll be sure to share some sorrel recipes this summer.