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Purslane in TO?

hungryabbey Aug 28, 2010 02:58 PM

I'm looking for a vegetable called Purslane. I have heard good things about it (high in omega 3s) and would like to try to cook with it a bit.
Here are some pics and info on it:

Anyone know where I can get it in the GTA?

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  1. Full tummy RE: hungryabbey Aug 28, 2010 04:23 PM

    Oh, gosh, in most any yard with sandy soil, hahaha. I have seen it at Dufferin Grove Farmers Market, for sale, too.

    Dufferin Cafe
    2917 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON M6B3S7, CA

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      phoenikia RE: hungryabbey Aug 28, 2010 04:44 PM

      Harvest Wagon might stock purslane, at least occasionally. Could call them to check.

      Harvest Wagon
      1103 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W, CA

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        plasticanimal RE: hungryabbey Aug 28, 2010 05:29 PM

        Feel free to "harvest" all you want from my back yard!


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          hungryabbey RE: hungryabbey Aug 28, 2010 05:54 PM

          Thanks everyone. I guess it would be easier to grow my own.. but I am concerned about its weedy nature.
          I will actively seek it out when I go to farmers markets. For all I know, I could have seen it everywhere and just not known.

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            Full tummy RE: hungryabbey Aug 28, 2010 06:10 PM

            The one thing I have to say with respect to growing one's own is that, at least in my experience, it will not take over your garden (perhaps this is a problem in warmer zones), and it is very easy to pull out--it does not create a huge underground root network that intertwines with all your other plants' roots. In fact, if you cultivate your garden too much, I find it doesn't do well at all. Not like some of the other "weeds" I've been tackling. It is quite tasty, good in salads and pastas.

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              hungryabbey RE: Full tummy Aug 28, 2010 08:02 PM

              Excellent. Perhaps a worthy endeavour then.

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              dottynorth RE: hungryabbey Aug 29, 2010 11:37 AM

              Actually it's quite an atractive "weed" ... the Portulaca is in the same family. Grows fairly flat on the ground. Good luck

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                hungryabbey RE: dottynorth Aug 29, 2010 01:11 PM

                Oh nice! I actually love portulaca! Thanks!

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                helenhelen RE: hungryabbey Aug 13, 2011 12:12 PM

                speaking of edible weeds, i've got tons of lamb's quarters in my backyard. have never tried it and have read that it is like spinach but tastier, so am gonna try some instead of dumping it in with the yard waste!

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                  Full tummy RE: helenhelen Aug 13, 2011 06:20 PM

                  I ate quite a bit of that last year. I find the texture is a little tougher than spinach. Definitely choose the younger leaves and remove the stalks. Purslane is more crunchy, less fibrous. Both are worth eating, rather than discarding...

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                    BamiaWruz RE: helenhelen Aug 14, 2011 09:44 PM

                    Lamb quarters, that's so interesting!! I know of a few weeds we eat back home but I don't know what they're called or how to identify them, I was a kid back then but wish someday I can find out.

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                      helenhelen RE: helenhelen Aug 15, 2011 05:58 PM

                      clover is another edible weed. no idea how it tastes though!

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                        BamiaWruz RE: helenhelen Aug 16, 2011 12:21 AM

                        The little pink clovers is something I picked up at the farmer's market, there was a recipe for lemonade attached and so I made it.

                        Check it out if you're interested http://adventuressheart.blogspot.com/...

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                          helenhelen RE: BamiaWruz Aug 17, 2011 12:41 AM

                          that looks so nice!

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                    araden RE: hungryabbey Aug 29, 2010 06:34 AM

                    It grows in everyone's garden and people think it's a weed - I pick them and put them in a salad with lemon, oil and salt - it's awesome! Other save from gardens - wild grape leaves -- it makes the best grapeleaves (middle eastern)....make sure you don't pick the ones that have grapes!

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                      BamiaWruz RE: araden Sep 2, 2010 11:53 PM

                      My garden is full of it.

                      I'm pretty sure I've seen it once at an arabic store, try the bigger arabic supermarkets it's called "barbeen" in arabic and used in middle eastern, turkish and greek cuisine.

                      Hope you find it, OP!

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                      morty999 RE: hungryabbey Sep 3, 2010 08:43 PM

                      Linda Crago Tree & Twig Heirloom Vegetable Farm grows it and sells it along with many other wonderful and hard to find things. Worth the visit! www.treeandtwig.com

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                        tdh RE: hungryabbey Sep 27, 2010 07:39 PM

                        in the cracks in the sidewalk, but also I know that 'Plan B' was selling it at the farmers markets last year, haven't seen it yet this year.

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                          lilymex RE: hungryabbey Aug 8, 2011 12:27 PM

                          It's almost the end of Summer 2011 in Toronto, can anyone tell me where can I buy edible Purslane in TO?

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                            BamiaWruz RE: lilymex Aug 9, 2011 12:24 AM

                            I've not seen it anywhere in stores to be honest ... however if you consider growing it (maybe for next year) you'll have a steady supply. The last time I had some I was at centennial park in Etobicoke infront of the baseball field near the skii hill and there was TONS I picked it all and washed it well (hopefully that's not too outrageous) but I do love my purslane and it was growing between the dragon snaps like crazy.

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                              lilymex RE: BamiaWruz Aug 9, 2011 12:43 PM

                              That is not outrageous at all ( I raided a forgotten planter in the Vaughan area three years ago ) and the purslane was yummy (crazy but worth it ) I'll keep you post it if I find it!

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                                BamiaWruz RE: lilymex Aug 9, 2011 09:00 PM

                                My relatives thought I was nuts, they were worried about things like raccoons and dog pee on the purslane but I double that flower bed was a walking area for them. Always good to soak the greens in a little water and cider vinegar to remove any parasites anyway.

                                Hehe, good to hear I'm not the only one :)

                                It just began growing in my garden and I've transplanted the little ones into a large pot and into a spot I remember them growing wild so hopefully they'll continue to grow and reseed in the pot every year. When you see the little pods with black seeds then it means they're spreading seed which is great! Some plants at the garden store are called "purslane" and they have flowers but I noticed the shape of the leaf is a bit pointy at the end, I'm not sure what the difference is taste wise and all but I prefer my good old weeds :)

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                                  Full tummy RE: BamiaWruz Aug 9, 2011 09:03 PM

                                  I yanked a behemoth from my sister's garden several days ago. Last year, I had plenty in my own garden. Do recall seeing them last summer at Brickworks, I think.

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                                    BamiaWruz RE: Full tummy Aug 9, 2011 09:58 PM

                                    Looking back at my garden photos last year the purslane started growing earlier in the summer and had already developed large bushes by early july. This year it's only began sprouting teeny sprouts last week. Maybe it's the weather or something. Though half way across the GTA like I said earlier it was there by early July.

                                    It has a life of it's own ^_^

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                                      Full tummy RE: BamiaWruz Aug 10, 2011 12:47 AM

                                      Alright, well maybe I will still get some, but I'm telling you the one I picked on Friday from my sister's yard was gargantuan, bigger than anything I managed to grow. I read online that if you want the plant to regrow, snip it just above the first set of leaves. I had been pulling it out root and all...

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                              damonster RE: lilymex Aug 9, 2011 01:25 PM

                              Pretty sure I saw some yesterday at the Sorauren Farmers Market, so maybe check some farmers markets in your area.

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                                lilymex RE: damonster Aug 11, 2011 10:35 AM

                                I'm happy to report that yesterday I bought 5 huge bunches from a street vendor right at the corner of Dundas and Spadina and I got two extra ones for free $1.00 a bunch. I'm soo happy, I'll be making a mexican stew yummmyyyy!!!

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                              terrycar RE: hungryabbey Aug 14, 2011 10:54 PM

                              Does anyone have photos of it so I can see if it's growing in my garden?

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                                terrycar RE: terrycar Aug 14, 2011 10:56 PM

                                Oops, missed the pics in the OP-never mind.

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                                  BamiaWruz RE: terrycar Aug 15, 2011 04:21 PM

                                  http://www.flickr.com/search/?w=78453... here are some more pics. Sometimes the stalks look reddish and sometimes not, and also the leaves are thicker or thinner depending on how much of a certain substance the plant hoards so I think an article said they are more sour in the morning after storing the stuff in their leaves.

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                                    terrycar RE: BamiaWruz Aug 15, 2011 07:28 PM

                                    Thanks BW. Nothing like this in the garden so I'll have to keep an eye out around the 'hood.

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                                      BamiaWruz RE: terrycar Aug 16, 2011 12:23 AM

                                      Remember they are succulents so the leaves will be thick and puffy, there is another plant that grows between sidewalks with red stems and it is NOT purslane! It has a similar leaf shape but it's not so avoid it.

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                                  helenhelen RE: hungryabbey Jul 20, 2012 11:08 PM

                                  i have a ton of purslane growing wild in my garden this year, so plucked a bunch and will figure out what to do with it...

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                                    helenhelen RE: helenhelen Aug 19, 2012 11:10 AM

                                    very tasty if just lightly sauteed in olive oi with garlic!

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