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Purslane - a wild food that could feed the world

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Purslane is considered a weed in the United States by most people. But it is also considered a culinary delight by more and more people and it is eaten in many countries around the world. It has a lot of great nutrients and it grows in almost any soil, any climate and it multiplies easily in many ways. Once established it's about as hard to get rid of as morning glory or dandelions, but given that we benefit from eating why would you want to get rid of it?

We just tried this as a salad and it has as much bite as raw kale or cabbage but a very pleasant and relatively mild flavor.
Look for it in driveways and empty dirt lots. It succulent (fleshy) leaves remind a little of Jade plants.
Here is the nutrition data for it:

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MJREIMERS 7/29/2014 8:10PM

    It sounds yummy. I just wish I could identify all the "good weeds." Although, most of my family members would not eat it. Although, my oldest daughter would! Thanks for the information!

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WOUBBIE 7/26/2014 2:05PM

    Hunh! I never knew what that was called, although, to be honest, I don't know what MOST of our "weeds" are called. As a kid I used to grow one of its fancier cousins, Portulaca Grandiflora, in a flowerbed next to our kitchen door. Who knew it was edible?!

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SHOTOKIDO 7/24/2014 11:13PM

  Very interesting!

Thanks for sharing this. emoticon

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CHEBBA 7/24/2014 6:44PM

    Donkey's years ago I bought a wonderful paperback book called 'Hedgerow Cookery'. It didn't cost much but it is one of my favourite 'food' books. It's out of print now and the one copy I found for sale was astonishingly expensive! Purslane is featured in it along with loads and loads of other things; you would love it, it's 'right up your street'.

If you ever find this book and can afford it, it's a real gem. Purslane added to a breakfast savoury galette or pancake adds a bite and the satisfaction from using 'food for free' is wonderful.

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MISSM66 7/24/2014 5:35PM

    I haven't seen this here but I saw it in Greece that where I eat it in salad and I like it, can you get it to buy from the vegetable market? emoticon

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VEG954 7/24/2014 5:25PM

  Have used in salads without the family knowing that they were weeds.
They are tasty and peppery.

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JUST-ELIZ 7/24/2014 12:39PM

    Very interesting! Thanks! emoticon

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SANDRALEET 7/24/2014 7:46AM

    Now your wild plants A lot can be eaten and can help us survive in hard times

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HAWKTHREE 7/24/2014 6:35AM

    Thanks for the food for thought!

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JSTETSER 7/24/2014 6:12AM

    I will look for it.
Interesting post!

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_RAMONA 7/24/2014 1:33AM

    THANK YOU! This sounds great.. I love foraging, LOL!


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MCFITZ2 7/24/2014 1:26AM

    Looked it up after starting your blog. I think I have pulled it out of my flower beds, but will take it to cooperative extension for identification before eating it. Just to be sure. emoticon

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ROXYCARIN 7/24/2014 12:45AM


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