While a lot of things in my veggie gardens aren't producing much (so far), my sorrel plants have exploded. Last year I thought I would try this plant - not sure if I would call it an herb, since it's not something I would add to my salads in any great quantity. It's got an amazing lemon flavour & tang - the first time I tried it, I shoved a whole leaf into my mouth & was puckered for an hour!
I had to find a way to eat it - or rather, a way to convince my husband to eat it...
So I found some recipes for sorrel pesto on the internet & started experimenting. The recipe I finally made through a bit of trial & error & mixing & matching has resulted in a wonderful (if not brightly coloured) pesto that is great on fish (particularly salmon), great with crackers & quite nice with eggs & toast in the mornings.
This spring I had to divide the plants that grew last year because I didn't fully understand how they grew - and grow they do! They have a long tap root, so need a bit of depth in the garden beds. They also handle multiple harvests well, so you don't need too many plants. After I divided them up, I do believe I have about 30 of them, spread around my veggie beds - mostly in corners. I already had to cut them all back this spring as they loved the wet weather & I didn't have a blender in which to make the pesto. After today's harvest, they will take about a month to recover & produce a new batch of leaves for harvesting. The seed heads are pretty, but I'd rather not have them fully taking over my gardens, so I cut them all back too.
I rip out the ribs from the leaves, give them a quick spin in the salad spinner & rip them into smaller chunks. I stuffed the container, added some lemon juice, olive oil, salt, whole pepper corns & garlic & then started blending it up. I usually add a few more handfuls of sorrel leaves & taste the mix as I'm going along. It's lemony with a bit of salt & garlic. I opted out of adding toasted pine nuts this year as I really don't think that it's necessary & they are a bit pricey (& hard to come by in our little store).
I actually prefer sorrel pesto to basil pesto now that I've found this!