Has anyone ever eaten purslane?
I recently learned, in my old age, that purslane (Portulaca oleracea) contains a high amount of omega-3 fatty acid, a compound touted to be a good cholesterol reducer. This feature is not common in most plant matter.
If you've used purslane in your culinary endeavors, what kind of dish did you prepare?
Purslane is considered a weed by many people, and it propagates profusely.
I've had it in salad. But there are lots of recipes for using it on the web. Google "purslane recipe" or "verdolago." The range from salads to side dishes. A common one involves boiling for about two minutes, draining it, and melting cheese over it in a skillet. By the way, ornamental varieties of purslane have been bred that have showy flowers. So you can grow it as an accent in your garden, not just as an invasive weed.
The thing about purslane is, it's only available for a short time of the year in the Spring, so eat it while you can. I think it's beautiful mixed with endive and fresh chive or finely minced shallot, fresh sweet strawberries and a balsamic vinaigrette. fayedelicious.blip.tv
Thanks for the replies so far. I acquired seeds from a West Coast source, the postage cost more than the seeds, and I planted some in a pot. Winter keeps returning to the Mid-Atlantic states, so I do not know when to expect seedlings to appear.
I'm looking forward to tasting the stuff. If I develop a liking for the stuff, and have a sufficient crop, I may pickle some for the cold weather months after this growing season.
Of utmost importance to me as far as growing vegetables is my chile crop, the pods of which I use in chili.
Apparently it is an easy growing weed, so you might wish to put it in the garden for an abundance. It looks so much different than the other weeds that would show up in your garden, it will be easy to cull.
I like it raw as salad - kinda lemony. Or just the slightest bit cooked. It has a bit of a goo factor.
Search verdolagas and purslane (and your Mexican and Turkish cookbooks) for more - there was quite a bit of chat around this healthy weed last summer
It grows RAMPANTLY in my garden and I absolutely loathe it. I spend my entire summer pulling it out and tossing it to the chickens - who don't seem to care for it either. Wish I could bring myself to eat the stuff but those succulent little leaves seem kind of slimy to me - I'm sure it's just vegi-prejudice on my part. Familiarity breeds contempt, I guess. Enjoy.
I just received Purslane seed from Johnny's Seed catalog. It's a hybrid I believe (Golden Purslane) which is larger than the other. I am going to try it in my garden this spring for it's nutritious value. My understanding is that it has a lemony flavor and would be a great accent to salads. Looking forward to trying it.