Slow-bolting, widely used in soups, leaves add a tangy twist to salads
Sorrel is appreciated in native cuisines throughout Europe and in many parts of Asia and Africa as well. A perennial, it is available in early spring, before many annual crops have even been sown! The lemony tartness of the young succulent leaves gives a tangy twist to salads. Widely used in soups; combine with spinach for an authentic spanikopita. This cultivated variety with clear green leaves is much slower bolting than the wild species.Polygonaceae Rumex acetosa
Green de Belleville
Garden sorrel grows about 3' tall and is great used fresh in salads.
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- Growing Habit
Sorrels are very hardy and will survive in temperatures as low as -30˚ F.
- Spring Transplant, Spring
- Growing Season
- Short, Long
- Cultivar Type
- Growing Conditions
- Cold, Cool, Warm
Ideally grows in cool and moist conditions with rich soil, but it's pretty adaptable. Sorrel will grow pretty much anywhere, as long as it isn't too hot.
- Outdoor Growing Temp
- 45°F - 80°F
- Min Outdoor Soil Temp
Plant when soil is at least 45˚ F.
- Start Indoors
- Start Outdoors
- Sun: min. 6 hours daily (Cold, Cool, Warm)
Sorrel does best in full sun, although it will tolerate some shade.
Sorrel will tolerate some drought, but for maximum production keep the soil evenly moist.
Like any green leafy vegetable, it will grow better with a good supply of nitrogen. However, fertilizing isn't necessary because it will grow in almost any soil.
- Tolerates light frost, Tolerates hard frost
- Small Gardens?
Sorrel will grow well in a container that is at least 6" deep. Be sure to water regularly and keep the soil evenly moist when container gardening.
- Attracts beneficial insects?
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