Tart in flavor, this wonderful leafy plant can be chopped up and used as an herb to flavor soups, sauces, and more—or a flavorful green that fits well into salads and stir fries or cooked with other greens to add a more vibrantly bright taste. Technically speaking, it’s in the same family as rhubarb—and, as Farmer Lee Jones is happy to tell you, “it’s spectacular.”
Fun Facts About Lucky Sorrel
The plant’s sour goodness is created by the oxalic acid it contains.
About 200 species of sorrel exist in the Northern Hemisphere; lucky sorrel is a sub-species—and The Chef’s Garden offers delicious types of the sub-species.
People in ancient cultures—including Egyptians, Romans, and Greeks—sure loved their sorrel.
Sorrel is used in “greensauce,” a once extraordinarily popular mixture of sorrel and other herbs. This yummy sauce goes back to the 12th century or perhaps even earlier, and it’s still part of German dishes.
According to folk medicine, sorrel poultices are fabulous for treating bruises.
Ancient Chinese used sorrel juice to remove unwanted freckles.
As Chef Jamie Simpson points out, when you use dried lucky sorrel in dishes and drinks, it retains its acidity.
At The Chef’s Garden, lucky sorrel is gently hand harvested with scissors.
If you like sorrel with flowers still attached, just let your product specialist know.
Although sorrel is typically described as a green plant, that may or may not be true with varieties of lucky sorrel—which gives you plenty of options to add pops of color on your plates and in your glasses.
Lucky Sorrel Varieties
Here’s more about your choices!
Green Apple Lucky Sorrel
This time, the leaves are green. Green apple lucky sorrel are bright in hue with the tartness of green apples on the tongue. More specifically, these clover-like leaves start out sweet but then transition to a tart finish. Stems are hardier than the more standard lucky sorrel.
Lucky Clover Sorrel
Velvety and delicate leaves of the lucky clover sorrel are four petaled with a maroon cross forming in the center of the eye-catchingly bright green leaves. Get ready to pucker up as you take a nibble of these lemon-citrus-flavored leaves!
Plum Lucky Sorrel
Heart-shaped leaves can range from plum purple to forest green with plum lucky sorrel providing a sweet intro and tart finish. Texture is delicately soft.
Rainbow Lucky Sorrel
If you’re ready for a sweet to tart taste in heart-shaped leaves in pink to red to yellow, then rainbow lucky sorrel perfectly fits the bill. They’re delicious, soft, and delicate, pleasing to the eye.
Mixed Lucky Sorrel
Benefit from a gorgeous mix that includes the best of the day’s harvest with lucky mixed sorrel.
Choose Your Favorite Lucky Sorrel Varieties Today
Not sure which is best for your specific applications? Just let your product specialist know! We’re happy to help. And, no matter which varieties you pick, as Farmer Lee will gladly tell you, “it’s spectacular.