Bright lemon flavor.
Produces some of the earliest greens of spring and the latest of fall. The tender, fresh green leaves grow to about 8" long and have an intense lemony flavor. Use sparingly in salads or generously in soups and sauces, especially with fish. French type. Perennial in Zones 4–9. Avg. 29,000 seeds/oz. Packet: 250 seeds.
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Rumex spp.
CULTURE: Sorrel is a hardy perennial that can also be grown as an annual. Start indoors in cell-type containers sowing 2-3 seeds/cell covering 1/4".
DIRECT SEEDING: Sow in fertile soil in midspring, seeds 1" apart, 1/4" deep. For bunching thin to 8" apart in rows 12-18" apart. For baby-leaf production sow 12 seeds/ft. and cut entire plants when 3-6" tall. Planting in light shade and keeping the seed stalks cut increases summer quality, but a good crop will re-grow in fall even if plants bolt. Harvest side leaves until plants become well established; later, plants can be cut completely, right above the crown. Plants spread and can be divided.
DAYS TO MATURITY: From direct seeding; subtract about 14 days if transplanting.
SEED SPECS: SEEDS/OZ.: See individual varieties.
PACKET: 250 seeds.