Uses for Purslane

I got a little of this at a plant swap a few years back for my curbside barrels and it just took off growing. I just ripped some of it out and placed it in an area in my yard were grass will not grow and it spread like crazy and looks amazing. This is a beginner friendly plant and drought plant.

Purslane (Portulaca L.)

Description - This evasive weed as a  smooth, reddish, mostly prostrate stems and alternate leaves clustered at stem joints and ends. A yellow flowers have five regular parts and are up to 6 mm wide. Depending upon rainfall, the flowers appear at anytime during the year. The flowers open singly at the center of the leaf cluster for only a few hours on sunny mornings. Seeds are formed in a tiny pod, which opens when the seeds are mature. Purslane has a taproot with fibrous secondary roots and is able to tolerate poor, compacted soils and drought.

Time of Year: Spring to Fall  
Location: World (originally from India) 
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Nutrient Content
Sodium, Patassium Calcium, Iron, Vitamin A and C

You can eat the Leaves and seeds.

Editable uses
Taste sour raw and sweet cooked
  • The leaves can be burned and used as a salt. 
  • young leave for salads
  • Seeds can be grounded into a powder and used in gruels, breads and pancakes to add nutritional value. (they make around 10,000 seeds per plant)
  • you can dehydrate the leaves to use later.

Medical Uses

  •     Leave are high in omega- 3 fatty acids which can be important to preventing heart attacks and help immune system
  •     The leave are also a great antibacterial and diuretic
  •     The fresh juice is used in the treatment of coughs and sores
  •     The leaves  poulticed van be applied to burns
  •      A tea made from the leaves is used in the treatment of stomach aches and headaches
  •     Both the tea and the plant juice are particularly effective in the treatment of skin diseases and insect sting
  •     The seeds are tonic and vermifuge and are prescribed for dyspepsia and opacities of the cornea

 Other Uses
  • Has a blue color when used for dye.
  •  excellent hog feed

While considered an obnoxious weed in the United States, purslane can provide much needed vitamins and minerals in a wilderness survival situation. Ghandi actually numbered purslane among his favorite foods.

1 comment :

  1. I am 61 now and traditionally eating this herb. Now I felt the need to know and happy to know it as a good source of minerals. it taste well when mixed with leaf, roots or tubers. Gives delicious flawer to vegetables.
    Dr S.R. Mazta