Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A chilled soup made with sorrel, onions, lemon juice, eggs, and sugar and served with sour cream.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A kind of borscht made with sorrel (or occasionally lemongrass)
  • n. Sorrel (the plant)

Etymologies

Yiddish shtshav, from Polish szczaw.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Yiddish שאַוו (shav), from Polish szczaw (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I had the good sense not to come up with the Sybil/Mina Project, dedicated to my deceased mother and her incomparable borcht, brisket, schav, sour pickle and blintzes recipes, thereby retaining the rights to perpetuity of my nobodiness.

    Sybil Adelman Sage: Memo to Julie Powell of Julie & Julia

  • I wish I could sentence all the demented government agents who dreamed this up-and any teacher politically-correct enough to inform on a child-to thirty days solitary confinement, on a diet not of bread and water, but of schav and blood sausage.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • I will admit that falafel is tastier than schav, though.

    ISTV | Jewschool

  • I knew my borscht from my schav and my cannoli from my zeppole.

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  • This week the Chocolate Lady from In Mol Araan is making sorrel soup, also called Shtshav, schav, or szczaw, and named for the amazingly flavorful sorrel which is the main ingredient.

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  • I was prescient and the good sense not to come up with the Sybil/Mina Project, dedicated to my deceased mother and her incomparable borcht, brisket, schav, sour pickle and blintzes recipes, thereby retaining the rights to perpetuity of my nobodyness.

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  • Anything is tastier than schav… and yes, my whole family is from Europe, my mother’s family is mostly from Latvia, but I don’t think that using Sephardi/Israeli pronunciation is evidence that I’ve abandoned that heritage.

    ISTV | Jewschool

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  • Polish scczaw, sorrel. I grow sorrel in my gardens just for a regular schav fix. The sour leaves and petioles are a great accent in mixed greens salads as well.

    December 28, 2010

  • Tasty stuff, I loved it :-)

    January 26, 2009

  • You are right. According Dahl, щавель (shchavel') is Rumex acetosa - common sorel. The Slovene definition I looked up just described the plant as a "low, wild, densely growing vegetation of little value", which I took to mean "weeds". But when I now checked a Slovene-English dictionary, š�?avje is translated as "sorrel, dock". I must say, I am not familiar with that sense of "dock".

    January 26, 2009

  • Isn't it it Щ�?ВЕЛЬ in Russian? I remember buying jars of it (the vegetable) in the supermarket. Perhaps the soup has a slightly different name.

    January 25, 2009

  • Curious. Do you know the origin of this word? In Slovene, š�?avje (pronounced "shchau-ye") refers to weeds or other low-growing dense wild growth, so I'm wondering if this word (and perhaps the soup) is of Slavic origin.

    January 25, 2009

  • Sorrel soup, also shchav, shav, shtshav.

    January 25, 2009