Purslane- the edible weed

Purslane thrives in poor soil and sunny climates. It blossoms around our backyards, surrounds our driveways and even pops up in side walk cracks. Although through out North America it is known as an intolerable weed, it has great health benefits and is a great addition to salads and soups20170724_182746

It has succulent green leaves and a thick dark, reddish stem. It can grow to 12-15 cm in height and grows in length along the ground. It has a lemony, fresh taste that can brighten up many dishes.

Like many vegetables, purslane is low in calories and fat, but rich in many vitamins and minerals. It contains Omega-3 fatty acids and more beta carotene than carrots. It is an excellent source of vitamin A, E and C. It is also a rich source of magnesium, riboflavin, potassium, and phosphorus.

Purslane Salad


Handful of purslane
1/2 cup of corn
1 small cucumber
1/4 cup scallions 
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp lemon juice

Make sure to rinse your purslane well before using. Pull the leaves off the stem (you can use the stem as well). Mix it all up and enjoy!


5 responses to Purslane- the edible weed

  1. Fire Horse says:

    I love purslane. I didn’t even have to plant it, it just happens to live in my garden. If it’s started to go to seed and you saute it, the tiny seeds pop. Too bad bindweed isn’t so useful.


  2. erinpollen says:

    Can’t wait to make this with the students in our gardening classes when school starts next month! We have lots of purslane 🙂 Thanks for posting this!


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