Purslane (Portulaca oleracea)

Portulaca oleracea
Purslane (Portulaca oleracea)

At this time of year, Purslane (Portulaca oleracea) is growing just about everywhere, with no input from us. It’s highly nutritious and has a very high level of Omega- 3 fatty acids. Purslane has been used as a salad vegetable around the world and does well as a green veggie in other dishes.

In the pic above, you can see that I’m drying some this year. I reckon it will go well in soups and stocks in later months. I forgot who shared that idea with me, but thank you!

I cheat a bit when I grow Purslane. Even though one plant can produce around 250, 000 seeds, it’s much easier to find a wild one, dig it up and transplant it into your garden. A little water for a day or so and away you go!

There it is, Purslane.

Nutritious, tasty (?) and free, demanding no attention and giving so much. What more can we ask?


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