Wood sorrel is one of those "weeds" that, once you've got it, you've got it everywhere. At least around our place. It grows in the garden, in flower beds, and generally all around the yard. It's sometimes mistaken for clover but wood sorrel's sour, lemony flavor and heart-shaped, folded leaves set it apart.
Wood Sorrel (genus Oxalis), or sourgrass, is a medium sized edible plant that occurs throughout most of North America. Within the genus Oxalis, there are several species. Wood sorrel typically grows a maximum of 15 inches tall. Its small heart-shaped, "folded" leaves grow in groups of 3. Its tiny flowers are typically white or yellow though they can be pink or violet depending on species. Oxalis means literally "sour" and is named as such due to its oxalic acid content.
One more chanterelle recipe to finish up the season. My quality control (read guinea pig) says this one is "awesome". It's a deliciously delicate combination of wild mushrooms and comfort... sort of a refined version of mac and cheese. If you have chanterelles put away, this will make a great wintery weather soul warmer when you need it the most.
This chanterelle soup recipe is really rich so it's great in small amounts as a first course.
Here in the Southern Appalachians, it's been a great summer for chanterelles. The constant rain coupled with stifling heat produced the steamy forest air that mushrooms love. At one point we foraged 12 pounds of chanterelles in one trip. We finally had to stop picking and take a rest. The bountiful harvest gave me lots of wild mushrooms to experiment with and this is one of my favorite recipes. This goes great with good crusty bread and a glass of dry red wine.