French Sorrel (Rumex scutatus)

Perfect for early spring salads and flavouring soups and easy to grow. A spinach like leaf with a citrussy flavour. More
500 seeds 080029 £1.95 In stock
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You HAVE to grow just a few plants of this invaluable lemon flavour - making it a fantastic addition to sauces and soups. Keep cutting it to the ground for almost year round leaf production.

Please note, illustrated packets are being introduced gradually over the coming months, availability may vary.

Genus Rumex
Group/Species scutatus
Common Name French Sorrel
Border Position Kitchen Garden
Soil Type Broad Tolerance
Site Part Shade
Moisture Moist but Well-drained
Height 30cm (12in)
Spacing 30cm (12in)
Sowing, Seeds, Planting March - May. You can speed the germination process up by sowing into a length of guttering under cover and transplanting outside.
Care Tips Keep weed free and water during dry spells.
Storing Use within 24 hours for best flavour, or freeze.
Harvesting July - September. The leaves will produce for 3-4 months. Chop back regularly to prevent it running to seed.
Cooking Notes Sorrel "melts" when you cook it, making it a fantastic addition to sauces and soups. Try Sarah's Moroccan harira with sorrel sauce recipe - a delicious winter stew.
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  • Sow Under Cover/Plant Indoors
  • Direct Sow/Plant Outdoors
  • Flowers/Harvest
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French Sorrel (Rumex scutatus) reviews

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Reviewed 11th March 2020 by Kristina

please refer to my customer experience

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Reviewed 31st July 2019 by Sheila

Not particularly good germination but a few plants. Flavour not special.


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Reviewed 13th March 2018 by Nadra

High germination rate, they survived the slugs and rough treatment and they lasted through winter in the North West. They basically took care of themselves. Nice lemony taste too, the strength seems to vary.