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Wood sorrel (Oxalis acetosella)

Family: Oxalidaceae

Description

Small herbaceous plant with characteristic triple leaves.

Habitat

Common among the moss on the ground in deciduous woodlands.

Uses

The leaves make a tasty, acid snack with a lemony flavour, and can be used in salads and as a garnish. They can also be brewed into a refreshing tea.

Gathering

The leaves are available from spring through to late autumn.

CAUTION: This plant should not be eaten in large quantities, particularly by small children. The leaves contain oxalic acid, which is poisonous in large doses.

 

Wild Harvests research - uses in Scotland today

Wood sorrel: used to provide food for personal use

Photo - closeup of woodsorrel leaves, growing over moss