Friday, April 14, 2006

Sheep Sour

I found a patch of sheep sour in the yard today, and was showing my children that you can eat it. My late grandfather, who was a farmer, showed me the same thing probably 25 years ago. Then it occurred to me to wonder whether anyone else called it "sheep sour." Turns out that there are only a few webpages that use the term. A much more common name for the plant is creeping wood sorrel. That said, my grandfather's folksy term is closer to the official botanical term: Oxalis Corniculata. ("Oxalis" means "sour," and "corniculata" means "horned," as a sheep might be.)

3 Comments:

Blogger Brett said...

I've done the same with purselane, which grows wild around here. It really startled my sister when I yanked a weed out of the garden, and made a salad of it, but she had to admit it was tasty.

7:40 PM  
Blogger Persephone said...

My Mother taught be about sheep sour 40 years ago on our hog farm in southwest Missouri. I have it growing in my suburban lawn and have passed that tangy taste experience on to my sons. I'm researching uses for it as an herbal preparation. Surely I can do more with it than throw it in the compost pile!

9:08 AM  
Blogger Debbi said...

I was talking to my 81 year old mother and she told me her grandmother used to make pies out of Sheep Sour, and I said "WHAT"?? I had to look it up on the internet and was glad to see your page. She wasn't even sure she was saying it correctly! Thanks for the info!!

5:48 PM  

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