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sorrel

Common sorrel or garden sorrel (Rumex acetosa), often simply called sorrel, is a perennial herb in the family Polygonaceae. Other names for sorrel include spinach dock and narrow-leaved dock. It is a common plant in grassland habitats and is cultivated as a garden herb or leaf vegetable (pot herb)

Common sorrel has been cultivated for centuries. The leaves may be puréed in soups and sauces or added to salads; they have a flavour that is similar to kiwifruit or sour wild strawberries. The plant's sharp taste is due to oxalic acid, which is mildly toxic.

Sorrel is a perennial herb in the buckwheat family (which also includes rhubarb). High in vitamin C, it was a common ingredient in medieval times, when it was eaten to prevent scurvy (citrus fruits weren’t widely available). The word sorrel is of Germanic origin, from sur, meaning sour. Its characteristic sourness comes from the presence of oxalic acid (which is also found in spinach).

There are two varieties of sorrel, both of which are edible: garden sorrel, which has pointy, arrow-shaped leaves and a bracingly tart flavor, and French sorrel which is milder, with rounded leaves

Sorrel adds a pleasantly tart note when combined with other greens in salads. Use it in place of parsley or basil for pesto, fold it into omelets, or add it to quiche. Sorrel also makes a delicious side dish for grilled fish or roasted chicken: Briefly sauté it in butter until just wilted (sorrel shrinks like crazy when cooked, so you’ll need a lot) and then sprinkle it with lemon zest and fleur de sel. Take care not to overcook it so it doesn’t lose its leafy texture and herbal aroma. If sorrel’s tang seems too assertive on its own, combine it with more mildly flavored greens like spinach or chard.

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b-vitamins

B Vitamins

B vitamins are a class of water-soluble vitamins that play important roles in cell metabolism. Though these vitamins share similar names, research shows that they are chemically distinct vitamins that often coexist in the same foods. In general, supplements containing all eight are referred to as a vitamin B complex. Individual B vitamin supplements are referred to by the specific name of each vitamin (e.g., B1, B2, B3 etc.)

Further below a list of the B vitamins:

  • Vitamin B1 (thiamine)
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Edible flowers: sunflowers

The finishing touch for a slap is traditionally a floral arrangement. But did you know that an amazing variety of flowers are not only ornamental but also have a great flavor?

Most of the flowers don't withstands high temperatures of cooking, so these or are incorporated at the last moment or used only as decoration.

The sunflower when mature, is covered with coarse hair and is inedible. The flower buds are very tender and edible. They can be steamed or even fries! Their flavor reminiscent of...

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Laurel vodka

10 g of laurel leaves, 1 dl lemon juice, 1 dl of vodka, 2 teaspoons of sugar

Prepare an infusion by placing leaves in the boiling water, letting it sit for 10 minutes. Strain and add the lemon juice and vodka while it is still hot, but not shaken.
Let rest for at least an hour, then serve by adding sugar.

You find a lyquor with the laurel also at our Restaurant: L'allorino

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