Collecting the folklore and uses of plants

Common sorrel

1.  Another local plant name that my older family members handed down to me is sourgobs (for obvious reasons) with gob being Lancashire dialect for mouth [Milnrow, Lancashire, May 2017].

2.  From my mum, who is Polish:  sorrel gathered to make soup, using onion, potato and sour cream, often with hard-boiled egg  [London, SE1, February 2016].

3.  [Invergordon, Ross-shire, 1950s] as kids we used to chew a leaf growing on the ground, which we called sourey souracks [e-mail, September 2013].

4. [From] relatives in the Newcastle-on-Clun area of Shropshire … sorrel known locally as smart ass [Sandiway, Cheshire, October 2004].

1515. I started school in the [19]50s … sorrel stalks were good to chew [Capel, Kent, February 1998].

6. [Truro, Cornwall] sorrel grew abundantly in fields everywhere, but none of us knew it by that name – the only name we knew was sour sabs (and still do) [Hackney, London, February 1998].

7. Names which may be local to the north of England … Rumex acetosa – bitterdabs, sourdabs [York, February 1998].

Images: main, South West Coast Path between Bideford and Clovelly, north Devon; March 2014; inset, The Helm, Oxenholme, Cumbria, May 2015.