Red Sorrel is a unique, red veined, foliage plant with leaves that are light green with deep red veining, grown primarily as a decorative plant. Red sorrel is a summer perennial. It has a distinctive tangy lemony taste that adds flavour to a salad. It looks as good in the garden as on a plate with mixed salad leaves. It does have a strong flavour so best use just a couple of leaves in a salad.
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Sorrel may be used for sauces and soups, salads, chutnies, pickles, with chicken, dal and omelettes.
Red Sorrel juice is used to treat urinary and kidney diseases, to treat boils and skin disorders as well as sore throats. It helps reduce sudden and ongoing pain and swelling (inflammation) of the nasal passages and respiratory tract, for treating bacterial infections along with conventional medicines, and for increasing urine flow (as a diuretic). Sorrel is also an ingredient in the herbal cancer treatment Essiac.