Out of all the wild edibles that we know of, Wood Sorrel (Oxalis acetosella) is one that we eat the most often.
It is relatively easy to identify, looking much like a shamrock in shape. There are three leaves on Wood Sorrel, and each is a green heart-shaped leaf.
Personally, I find the taste of the leaves to be quite delicious, having a slight sour taste. Wood Sorrel is filled with Vitamin C and is fantastic for heading off scurvy. We might not have to worry about that so much now, but in the future it is possible that we will. It is a diuretic, antiseptic, and it helps to fend off nausea, sore throats, and skin sores. The leaves of the wood sorrel also helps to quench thirst. It is likely that wood sorrel iced tea would make a nice alternative to lemonade.
It contains oxalic acid which is slightly toxic when consumed in large amounts. Be careful not to eat too much of this plant at any given time and you will likely be fine.
The leaves of this plant are a fantastic addition to salads and are good just picked and eaten then and there. They are surprisingly flavorful.
I hope you enjoy Wood Sorrel as much as I do!
– Miranda Vivian