Sorrel is a perennial herb belongs to the family Polygonaceae.Small flowers are collected in his narrow panicle at the top of the plant, and the fruits are three-sided dark brown nuts.The lower leaves of sorrel are ovate-oblong, somewhat fleshy, arrow-shaped at the base, or spear-shaped, on long stalks.Homeland of this herb - Western Europe.Although this green culture has been known since ancient times, the French began to use it only in the XIV century.

Interesting facts:

  • In Latin sorrel called «Rumex» , which translates as "spear."

  • In our country, this herb has long been considered a weed, laughing at the French, Germans, Greeks, Dutch, Bulgarian, eats "green grass."Soon, however, very fond of sorrel and be sure to include it in many dishes.

  • The people he's got a pretty strange name - "meadow apple", "wild beets."By the way, in ancient Rus' wild beets "even recognized the sacred and used as amulets.

Ingredients: vitamins and calorie

Fresh leaves contain a considerable amount of caro
tene, ascorbic acid, B vitamins, tannins, potassium, calcium, magnesium (find out more in what foods contain magnesium).But the roots of sorrel is a lot of iron, so the teas are widely used in folk medicine.

Calorie sorrel Calorie sorrel

sorrel Calories 100 g of the product is 19 kcal:
  • Proteins - 1.5 g
  • Fat - 0.3 g
  • Carbohydrates - 2.9 g

Useful properties of sorrel

Useful properties of sorrel, benefits Useful properties of sorrel, use

This herb is a good blood-cleansing, soothing, styptic, despite the fact that in scientific medicine, he almost does not apply.

known that this culture was more Avicenna recommended to eliminate symptoms of menopause.And Galen and Dioscorides advised to use sorrel in dysentery, dyspepsia, and as a hemostatic agent in various bleedings.In the days of the Middle Ages believed that the "dining grass" can keep even the plague.Now it is used for rinsing with bleeding gums and loosened, colds.

«Green Grass" is an excellent remedy to cure inflammatory diseases of the bladder.To do this, you should regularly take a bath with a decoction of the roots and leaves of sorrel.A decoction of the leaves since ancient times was known as antidotal agent.

Use of this culture activates activity of the liver and intestines.It is used in infertility treatment of tuberculosis, rheumatism.Fresh juice zhtoy culture helps with headaches, and a decoction of the roots is used to treat cough, irritation of the throat, larynx, with cold.

It can be used during anal fissures, hemorrhoids, enterocolitis, colitis, as well as back pain.

Useful properties are very well established in cooking.The most popular dish is the green cabbage.However, the sorrel is often added in salads, hot dishes, pastries, sauces.It goes well with coriander, black pepper, spinach, peel, fennel, herbs young nettles, leeks (read about the properties of the leeks) and the onions, shallots and chives, lemon balm, mint, dill and parsley.

harm and contraindications

Harm of sorrel and contraindications

Sorrel is contraindicated for people suffering from gout, kidney disease, gastritis with high acidity, gastric ulcer and 12 duodenal ulcers, inflammation of the kidneys.During pregnancy it is not recommended for use.

When using it in food desirable to take leaves from the old plant - will be more useful sorrel leaves the first year.

You can not use this "grass" in large quantities and for a long time.This is due to the high content of oxalic acid, which can cause certain disorders of kidney function and mineral metabolism in the body.

It is best to eat it freshly picked, as the heat treatment (for example, when you add in the boiling broth of sorrel) formed inorganic oxalic acid, which, according to nutritionists, can accumulate in the body and form kidney stones.Hence the conclusion - fresh sorrel will be much more useful than boiled.More

that I would like to mention about the oxalic acid - it is less likely found in young shoots.Therefore take note - there are better sorrel only until July, and only the top leaves of the plant.

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Author: Marianna | Photo: open source