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Oct 21, 2010 03:22 PM

Red Sorrell

Does anyone know where i can find some red sorrel here in s.f.?

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  1. You want Rumex acetosella aka sheep's sorrel? Not Hibiscus sabdariffa aka roselle, which Jamaicans call sorrel?

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      no, actually the jamaican style sorrel was what i was looking for.....sorry for late reply - getting ready to travel...

      1. re: chutney

        Dried, try San Francisco Herb Co.
        250 14th Street,
        San Francisco, CA 94103
        Botanical Herbs,
        Hibiscus Flowers, Cut - 1 Lb
        Latin name Hibiscus sabdariffa
        Comments Also called roselle flowers.

        1. re: chutney

          At Latin Groceries it is called "Jamaica"
          A basic recipe:

          2 cups dried hibiscus flowers(2 packages)
          2 quarts water
          3/4 cup sugar (or to taste) - or equivalent amount of sugar substitute

          Rinse and drain the hibiscus flowers in a colander.
          In medium saucepan, bring one quart of water to a boil. Add hibiscus flowers and sugar. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, for approximately 15 minutes.
          Mixture will be dark red in color.
          Remove from heat and cool.
          Strain thoroughly and pour into a pitcher. Add remaining water and stir. Chill.
          Pour into tall, ice-filled glasses and serve.
          Jamaicans mix the "Jamaica" with a equal part of homemade ginger beer or add Ginger and Allspice to the brew.

          1. re: chutney

            When it's in season, you can reportedly get it at the Alemany farmers market.


            Might still be in season given how late everything has been this year.

        2. Since it's described as a weed you may need Euell Gibbons to forage it. If dried will do.
          Rumex acetosella is a species of sorrel bearing the common names sheep's sorrel, red sorrel,
          Lhasa Karnak
          Sheep Sorrel c/s Rumex acetosella WC
          1 oz. - $2.50
          4 oz. - $10.00
          8 oz. - $17.50
          16 oz. - $32.50