What is sorrel?
This leaf may look mild and unassuming – but, pop some into your mouth and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at it’s sour, lemony flavour.
Tart, citrusy sorrel (sor-uhl) is a wonderful spring ingredient to play with. Spinach-like in appearance (but much more exciting in flavour) add a citrusy element of delight to your cooking.
How to use?
For salads, chop mature leaves and use like a herb, or add baby leaves whole to a variety of other greens. Enjoy raw in pestos and smoothies (really!), or temper it’s tartness by cooking in soups, stews, or anywhere in place of lemon (a great #EatSussex alternative!).
Bright green, healthy looking leaves bring the best flavour – store in the fridge or place stems in water and wash before cooking to maintain freshness.
Need some inspiration for using this wonderful spring herb?
Sussex Sorrel Soup
This charmingly green soup is perfect paired with local, crusty bread and salted Southdowns butter. Best enjoyed after a long tramp in the Sussex countryside…
A generous dab of Southdowns Sussex butter
2 medium biodynamic Sussex onions, diced
3 cloves garlic (or replace some of the local greens with a generous handful of biodynamic local wild garlic)
A handful of fresh English thyme
A pinch of cumin
1 large flavoursome local potato, diced
A good handful of local greens of choice, chopped
A generous handful of biodynamic Sussex sorrel (save a few leaves to garnish)
2 cups vegetable stock
1 can of white beans
In a large pan, heat the butter and saute the onions, garlic, thyme and spices until the flavours meld. Add in the potato and cover with stock. Bring to the simmer and cook until the potato is tender. Towards the end of cooking, add in the fresh, local greens (including the sorrel) and cook until tender, but still a pleasant green.
Once cooked, blend thorough and add in the white beans. Serve garnished with fresh sorrel, and enjoy this creamy, lemony, green soup with a side of crusty, local bread…
Want to get your hands on sorrel?
Supermarkets may offer the illusion of choice, but you’ll be pushed to find this refreshing, bring leaf. For local, biodynamic sorrel brimming with flavour and healthfulness, go to our website today!