The Mighty Purslane

22 Jul

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I cannot believe we have been pulling this plant out of our gardens my whole life.

I am horrified. Embarrassed.

This little plant is gown commercially in many asian countries and I have also seen it cooked in Morocco. You might be surprised to know that it was once grown in the United States for commercial use as well.

A quick run down of this awesome little plant:

Hight in Omega 3 fatty acids. That is right, don’t go buy fish oil supplements during the summer, go pick purslane.

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Culinary musings has this to say:

“The plant is rich in vitamin E, vitamin C and beta carotene, and quite high in protein. Most noteworthy of all, it is considered a better source of essential omega-3 fatty acids than any other leafy plant. These are compounds the body cannot make itself, which are needed to complement the omega-6 fatty acids we get from grains and grain-fed meat. Wild-caught salmon and freshly hulled walnuts also deliver this prize, but for a steady supply what could be handier than a plant that leaps into your own personal food system with the ardor of an overactive puppy?”

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The kids and I heartily agree! We are in love with this “weed!”

You can google Purslane recipes and get a slew of choices, but this is the one I used today:

•1 cup cucumber, halved lengthwise and sliced.
•⅔ cup halved cherry tomatoes
•½ cup purslane leaves
•2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds
•2-3 Tablespoons rice vinegar (start with 2 tablespoons, and add more if needed)
•1-2 teaspoons sugar

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■Mix all ingredients together in a bowl, cover, and chill in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

(This recipe is also from Culinary Musings)


2 Responses to “The Mighty Purslane”

  1. ridefireflyfarm August 24, 2013 at 2:12 am #

    I need to actually use this stuff. Now that I’ve read a little more about purslane and talked to the husband, he’s willing to use it. (I haven’t mentioned that it’ll come from our sidewalk cracks in front of the house…that’ll be our little secret.)

    • Blazing a Trail for Wendy August 24, 2013 at 2:15 am #

      I use it as a snack while I am gardening too 🙂 All the goodies in it keeps me out there longer without getting so tired. It is kind of lemony/tart without being “too much” 🙂

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