Purslane (Portulaca oleracea)

Amazing heart healthy superfood everyone should include in their farmacy

Purslane is a tasty succulent packed with nutrients, giving it a multitude of health benefits.   Purslane is rich in the essential Omega-3 fatty acid, alpha-linolenic acid;  minerals: zinc, iron, potassium, manganese, copper, magnesium, & calcium; and Vitamins: A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, & E.   Purslane also contains betalain alkaloid pigments in the reddish stem, betacyanins in the yellow pigment of the flowers, and betaxanthin in the leaves. All these pigments provide powerful antioxidant and antimutagenic effects,. Purslane is rich in fiber and is one of the vegetables with the lowest calories at 16kcal/100g.

Purslane is such an amazing superfood because it not only contains so many beneficial nutrients for us, it contains them in high levels relative to other plants.  Vegans and vegetarians looking for Omega-3 fatty acids have the richest plant-based source of omega-3’s in Purslane!!! Vitamin E and Beta Carotene are at six times the level they are found in spinach or carrots.  Purslane also contains potassium in higher levels than other plants, which is not only important for metabolism, but stabilizing blood sugar levels and maintaining a healthy circulatory system.  Purslane is also high in pectin which is known to lower cholesterol.

Purslane is tasty, somewhat crunchy, a little citrusy, and slightly peppery.  Some people compare it to watercress or spinach.  Many cultures around the world incorporate purslane into their cooking.  Purslane is used raw in salads, baked like spinach in pastries, fried stems with feta, stewed in soups, pickled, and super juicing.  The pectin in purslane provides it with a natural thickening ability for smoothies, soups, and stews.

I eat it raw in salads.  Please comment how you like to consume the amazing Purslane!!

Author: Cathy

I am a micro organic farmer, dedicated to growing healthy soils and ecosystems as a basis for growing nutritionally dense food. Greetings from Farm to Family we are an off-grid homestead that is still connected to civilization and technology... like a “Jetsons” “Little House On the Prairie” fusion. We are all about independence and self sufficiency here on our homestead, yet we are still strongly connected to community and outside resources to obtain and maintain our self sufficiency. We generate our own electricity and have our own water source. We are working towards not working a 9-5 ever again, and the pandemic has been the bomb in our lives that is forcing that reality. Think Globally, Act Locally We created Farm to Family to share the knowledge and skills we have so we may become self sufficient; and hopefully others may follow our lead to self-sufficiency. Our global culture needs a massive life style change that can lead to self-sufficiency of our species. Currently, humans are manipulating Earth’s resources and cycles to a point that our weather patterns have changed, species are going extinct, and ecosystems & biomes are threatened. If we all work separately at our own homes, but together at developing new lifestyles; we can create worldwide change for the better of Earth and all of her inhabitants! Let’s come together as a community of like minded individuals who want new, Earth friendly lifestyles and share our knowledge.

One thought on “Purslane (Portulaca oleracea)”

  1. Oh great, I can eat these weeds that are taking over my garden instead of pulling and composting them? Awesome! I’m gonna juice about ten pound of this stuff and freeze what I don’t drink. Should taste nice with some apples squeezed in… 😉

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