nb Wood Sorrel is the latest example of a converted BCN day boat. The details come, in the main, from the Historic Narrow Boat Club, and Jim Shead’s site.

Information on Wood Sorrel is sparce; a ‘joey’ built by BCN Boat Services/Trevor Counsel (60 feet x 6 feet 9 inches). Iron hull, current engine capacity 40 BHP. Wood Sorrel carries a C&RT registration number 73500 and registration was last recorded on 11-Apr-2010. If it is still in existence it’s likely to be based on the Shropshire Union Canal, where it was photographed in April 2011 by Ros Prettyman.

And that’s about it, unless you know different?

The gallery below shows all the images of Wood Sorrel I’ve been able to source. And, thanks to the wonders of the internet, I’ve juxtaposed these images with a few photos of actual Wood Sorrel.

Wood Sorrel (Oxalis Acetosella) is an amazing wild edible, it has a tangy, tart, lemony taste that goes very well with many foods, especially salads and fish. Its leaves and flowers are best eaten raw. Also called sour grass, Wood Sorrel was used to quench the thirst and was popular with pilgrims who enjoyed its mildly tonic and refreshing properties. In small quantities the foliage remains a flavoursome addition to a salad, but, on account of the abundance of oxalic acid contained in the plant, it is unwise to eat the foliage in very large quantity.

Wood Sorrel occurs worldwide, except for the polar areas. It has been consumed by humans around the world. In Dr. James Duke’s Handbook of Edible Weeds, he notes that the Kiowa Indian tribe chewed wood sorrel to alleviate thirst on long trips, that the Potawatomi Indians cooked it with sugar to make a dessert, the Algonquin Indians considered it an aphrodisiac, the Cherokee ate wood sorrel to alleviate mouth sores and a sore throat, and the Iroquois ate Wood Sorrel to help with cramps, fever and nausea.


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