Gathering Wood Sorrel Leaves & Pods

Nature's tangy green fangs

Posted by Carolyn Dugas on June 07, 2020 · 1 minute read

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Wood sorrels are found throughout North America, although you might be most familiar with the common wood sorrel, Oxalis stricta. O. stricta is fond of creeping around shady gardens and hiding out beneath your porch. It is beloved for the lemony tang of its edible leaves and crunchy green pods, although all of its aboveground parts are edible. While wood sorrel shines in many recipes, today we will be exploring some simple uses for this delightfully sour plant. Stay tuned for more recipes!

Wood Sorrel Pods

Basic Uses for Wood Sorrel

  • Salads
  • Pestos
  • Trail nibble

Fun Uses for Wood Sorrel

  • Delicious vampire fangs
  • Green Mustache
  • Miniature green corn on the cob
  • Miniature okra
  • Heart-shaped skin confetti
  • Unicorn horn
Wood Sorrel Unicorn Horn

Wood Sorrel Notes

There are many different varieties of wood sorrel across North America. Please be certain that you have a wood sorrel species before eating it.

Wood sorrel gets its characteristic tang from oxalic acid. Oxalic acid is present in many common foods such as spinach and chocolate, however, some people who are prone to kidney stones might want to limit their consumption of wood sorrel due to its oxalic acid levels.

Carolyn Dugas, Forager


Carolyn was born and raised in the woods of New England, where she attempted to feed "moss smoothies" to unsuspecting strangers as a child. Mercifully, her wild food skills have improved since then, thanks in part to a year-long foraging apprenticeship in 2017. Since then, she has been collecting and preparing wild foods on a daily basis. Learn more here.

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