Edible Weeds: Purslane!
Purslane (Portulaca Oleracea)~
This common “weed” has a very ancient past of traveling from continent to continent. It is thought to have originated in Canada.
It is a very tasty green. It is found in most traditional recipes throughout the world. It is slightly lemony and tart. It can be prepared fresh, as a salad or garnish green, in a smoothie to thicken it (it has a mucilaginous quality to it). It can also be prepared stir fried, steamed or thrown into soups to thicken the broth.
Human Healing Properties~
Purslane is very nutritious. It contains a vast amount of vitamins and minerals. It is extraordinary because it tops the charts with the highest amount of Omega-3 fatty acid from a soil based plant. It is also high in vitamin A, vitamin C, iron, magnesium, calcium and potassium. 1 cup of fresh Purslane contains 300 to 400 mg of alpha-linolenic acid.
This plant is a great soother for boils, rashes, bites or cuts. It draws infection or poison out of the skin. If you put in the fridge and then blend it when it is cold, it feels great as a poultice or a sunburn healer.
It can be used as a face mask for dr
They often sell it at Phoenix Public Market as well so check it out!y skin or puffy eyes (cold from the fridge is best for this application).
It is also very helpful with digestion and “cooling” the digestive tract. If eaten as a solitary food, it can rid the body of unbeneficials and dysentery.
Purslane can be used for constipation. Due to the high Omega Fatty Acids.
Purslane is said to make you look beautiful. The plant based oils keep your skin young and vibrant when you eat it often.
Healing Agricultural Properties~ Purslane is the very best ground cover for any region that is dry. It has a very shallow root system and it keeps the soils cool and moist against harsh sun. This helps save a tremendous amount of water in areas that it is sparse. It also keeps the Soil Food Web healthy due to microbes finding cool areas to hid under and creating a healthy colony for your garden plants.
AND it makes a great garden tea or compost. It is really high in Potassium, which is a very important nutrient for your garden’s ability to yield fruit, flowers or seed. It also breaks down quickly in a garden tea to make it a usable nutrient in only 1 week (with a nicely inoculated brew).
Here’s to your Health and your Garden’s Health!
(Purslane pic taken from our garden)
(source: Dragonfly Earth Medicine)