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Aug 28, 2010 02:58 PM

Purslane in TO?

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. 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

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

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

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


        1. 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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          1. re: hungryabbey

            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.

            1. re: Full tummy

              Excellent. Perhaps a worthy endeavour then.

            2. re: hungryabbey

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

              1. re: dottynorth

                Oh nice! I actually love portulaca! Thanks!

              2. re: hungryabbey

                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!

                1. re: helenhelen

                  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...

                  1. re: helenhelen

                    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.

                    1. re: helenhelen

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

                      1. re: helenhelen

                        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

                  2. 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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                    1. re: araden

                      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!