Scientific Name

Rumex sp. R. scutatus (French sorrel), R. acetosa (garden sorrel), R. acetosa {Q}Profusion{Q}, R. dentatus, R. acetosella (common sheep sorrel), R. patienta (patience dock, garden patience), R. alpinus (monk’s rhubarb), R. crispus (curly dock), R. sanguineus (ornamental sorrel) (Polygonaceae family)

Common name

Sorrel, common sorrel, garden sorrel, patience dock

Varieties and seasons

Discover how to grow sorrel

There are around one hundred varieties of sorrel, of which the best known is the common or garden sorrel with broad, arrow-shaped leaves, the interior of which looks like fangs.

Its small bell-shape flowers turn into reddish spikes in early summer.

French sorrel has large, round, fleshy and lanceolate leaves, clustered in bright green bunches.

Patience sorrel is the largest variety, with round, coarse leaves and green flowers. Often mistaken for a weed, the “patience” has the advantage of being less acidic and a little more bitter.


France, Belgium and Netherlands are the main producers of sorrel.

Nutritional values (per 100 g)





21.3 kcal

21.7 kcal


2 g

1.83 g


0.3 g

2.93 g


0.7 g

0.14 g


2.9 g

0,7 g


4 mg

3 mg


390 mg

321 mg

2,000 mg


2.4 mg

2.08 mg

14 mg


103 mg

89 mg

375 mg

Vitamin C

48 mg

26,3 mg

80 mg

Vitamin B9/Folacin

152 µg

94 µg

200 µg

*Ciqual 2013 **Recommended Daily Intake

Nutritionist’s advice

Like all leaf vegetables, sorrel has a high water content (93%), and is therefore low in calories.

It is also an excellent source of the following vitamins: C, provitamin A (2 to 3 mg/100 g, as much as spinach and cress), and vitamin B9/Folacin.

In terms of minerals, sorrel is a good source of iron, magnesium, and calcium.

Thanks to its low energy content, sorrel has an excellent nutritional density in vitamins C, B9, provitamins, calcium, iron and magnesium.

When it comes to portions...?

  • a child portion : two or three leaves
  • an adult portion: about ten leaves

Cooking and nutrition: tasty combinations

Discover our recipes with sorrel

  • Sorrel and carp: sorrel’s natural acidity gives a delicious bite to the rather bland taste of carp, or any herbivorous fish raised in ponds. It helps dissolve or soften fine bones that may spoil your enjoyment of the meal. The calcium they contain is then available to digest, offering the following nutritional benefits: calcium, vitamins C and B9, provitamin A, protein, etc.
  • Salmon with sorrel has become a classic French dish. Add a handful of fresh or frozen sorrel leaves to your soups and sauces. They bring tanginess, flavour and colour to the meal, along with providing antioxidants.

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