Sorrel (Rumex acetosaL.) : Not Only a Weed but a Promising Vegetable and Medicinal Plant

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Korpelainen , H & Pietilainen , M 2020 , ' Sorrel (Rumex acetosaL.) : Not Only a Weed but a Promising Vegetable and Medicinal Plant ' , Botanical Review , vol. 86 , no. 3-4 , pp. 234-246 . https://doi.org/10.1007/s12229-020-09225-z

Title: Sorrel (Rumex acetosaL.) : Not Only a Weed but a Promising Vegetable and Medicinal Plant
Author: Korpelainen, Helena; Pietilainen, Maria
Contributor organization: Department of Agricultural Sciences
Viikki Plant Science Centre (ViPS)
Population Genetics and Biodiversity Group
Plant Production Sciences
Date: 2020-12
Language: eng
Number of pages: 13
Belongs to series: Botanical Review
ISSN: 0006-8101
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12229-020-09225-z
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/326558
Abstract: Sorrel (Rumex acetosaL.) is a perennial, dioecious herb occupying a variety of habitats. Sorrel has been utilized as a wild gathered plant for thousands of years and as a cultivated plant for centuries. Primarily roots but also other tissues have been used in folk remedies since ancient times. In recent investigations, different phytochemical and pharmacological activities ofRumexhave been analyzed, and many bioactive compounds have been detected. Sorrel is also a tasty plant and its leaves are a good source of macronutrients and micronutrients. However, the presence of high levels of oxalic acid reduces the bioavailability of some minerals, especially calcium, when using uncooked plant parts. Further investigations on different sorrel compounds are needed to show their true effect. It is beneficial that sorrel is easily propagated and there are no serious insect or disease problems. A few types ofR. acetosaseeds are presently available commercially, including wild types and a few cultivars.
Subject: Breeding
Medicinal herb
Oxalic acid
Rumex
Sorrel
Vegetable
TRADITIONAL USES
DIOECIOUS PLANT
SEX DETERMINATION
Y-CHROMOSOMES
ORGANIC-ACIDS
HEAVY-METALS
WILD FOOD
L.
ANTIOXIDANT
DIFFERENTIATION
11831 Plant biology
414 Agricultural biotechnology
415 Other agricultural sciences
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Rights: cc_by
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