One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A sorrel which is common on acid soils in north temperate regions.
Rumex acetosella, family Polygonaceae
- ‘Essiac herbal formula consists of equal parts burdock, slippery elm, sheep sorrel, and turkey rhubarb.’
- ‘The original formula contained four herbs: burdock root, Indian rhubarb root, sheep sorrel and slippery elm.’
- ‘A keen botanical eye might also have picked out pepperweed, yellow woodsorrel, soapwort, horseweed, ironweed, black nightshade, sheep sorrel, curly dock, and small eyebane.’
- ‘But here every step brings a discovery: that sheep sorrel leaves taste lemony and that plantain leaves can be chewed and used to treat a bee sting.’
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