|Posted by Jackie Hitchcock on September 2, 2012 at 5:05 PM|
A friend of mine recently complained of weeds in his tomato garden. This sounds normal, except that the particular 'weed' he was concerned about is purslane, a delicious vegetable itself!
Purslane is a member of the family portulacaceae, related to the house plant portulaca. Common in North America, purslane originates in Southern Europe and is often eaten as a vegetable in areas of the Mediterranean. The plant is tangy with a succulent and crispy texture.
Nutritious purslane has many health benefits, including being a source of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, potassium and iron. It also contains more omega-3 fatty acids than any other leafy green vegetable!
If you spot purslane in your garden, harvest it! This important plant should not be considered a weed!