Yellow Dock: Fall’s Iron-rich Wild Tea

There’s a rusty brown seed head standing up amongst the backdrop of green in overgrown yards and gardens everywhere in late summer and early fall. Rumex Crispus, known as Yellow or Curly Dock has large, pointed leaves with wavy edges. It’s stalks grow knee high and are clustered with rusty seeds. These seeds make a wonderful tea rich in iron and other minerals, ideal for people suffering from anemia.

I collect and store the seeds in a paper bag. Brew Yellow Dock seed tea as you would any loose-leaf tea. The colour and flavour is reminiscent of rooibos but with more tang. The seeds can also be ground and added to home-made bread or crackers. A hand-held coffee grinder is ideal for quick and easy grinding of wild and cultivated grains and seeds.