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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:
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