Creeping Wood Sorrel

in foraging •  7 months ago 

I'm redoing a few earlier posts on foraging and herbal medicine. I think the info is good but because of Steemit's habit of burying and devaluing old stuff, it might not be accessible to the folks who need it.

Here's the first:

Oxalis corniculata, or Creeping Woodsorrel is a common plant in pots over here. It seems to make itself at home in potting mix.

A lot of folks don't like it because 'it's a weed! ' but it's not to me, it's a tasty snack.

It's an Oxalis, so contains Oxalic Acid which gives it a bit of a bite. It's not as strong a taste as others in the Oxalis genus, but then again, everything about it is smaller and more delicate.

My favourite part is the green seed pods which, at 1-2 cms in length, seem quite oversized for such a tiny plant. Pick them off and have a tangy munch.

Interestingly, these seed pods are known for something else. They explode when ripe - again, something you may not think of when you see such a delicate plant.

Creeping Woodsorrel is full of surprises!

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