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Foraging and Eating Purslane a Nutrient Powerhouse

During mid-summer, Purslane or Pigweed starts to show up just about everywhere. If you have a garden, you probably have run across Purslane and pulled it out, and added it to your weed pile. Next time consider eating it. It goes great with a summer salad. Just mix it in with the rest of your lettuce. Purslane has a mild lemon taste and is packed with nutrients. I often keep some in a Ball jar by the kitchen window and pick as needed.

What is Purslane?

Foraging and Eating Purslane a Nutrient Powerhouse

Purslane is also known as Little Hogweed, Pigweed, Verdolaga, or Pusley, is a wild edible that grows in various locations. It has origins in the middle east. Purslane is native to India and Persia. It is widely consumed in other countries. It is a very drought-tolerant weed. It has a similar taste to spinach or watercress.


Foraging and Eating Purslane a Nutrient Powerhouse

Purslane can be identified by looking at its stem and leaves. The stem is thick and reddish in color. The leaves are green and spoon-shaped. Purslane likes to grow low to the grown. During later parts of the summer, small yellow flowers will appear and then turn into seed capsules. These capsules will open, dispensing small black seeds.


Purslane has six times more vitamin E than spinach and seven times more beta-carotene than carrots. It’s also packed with vitamin C, magnesium, riboflavin, potassium, and phosphorus. It is also a great source of omega 3 fatty acids.


Foraging and Eating Purslane a Nutrient Powerhouse

Purslane can be used in salads, couscous, sauteed, or added to smoothies. It adds a nice flavor to many meals. Purslane also freezes quite well for later use.

I like to eat it in a salad. Just clip some of the young stems and leaves and incorporate them into any salad.

Poisonous Look Alike: Spurge

There is a poisonous look called Spurge. They both like to grow in similar environments. Spurge grows much lower to the ground, and their leaves are much thinner. Spurge stems can also be reddish in color. The primary way to tell the difference is to break open the stem. If it oozes white liquid, then stay away.

Foraging and Eating Purslane a Nutrient Powerhouse

Poisonous Look Alike: Spurge


Foraging has become a lost art. There are many healthy veggies just outside your doorstep. Many of these weeds can be easily cultivated in a garden. Purslane is no exception. It is a healthy weed that tastes great.

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I enjoy canning, preserving, foraging and growing my own food. It’s become a way of life. When you grow a vegetable garden, you eat with the seasons. Foraging is the same way. I forage for many types of wild berries and edible plants. Preserving is a great way to store and maintain your garden and foraged finds.

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