Purslane is a green, leafy vegetable that can be eaten raw or cooked. It is known scientifically as Portulaca oleracea. This succulent plant contains about 93% water. It has small, green leaves. Purslane's tasty leaves have a pleasant lemony fragrance and make for a sparkly salad, offering a nutritious bonus of high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids. It can be used in many of the same ways as spinach and lettuce, such as in salads or sandwiches. Purslane grows in many parts of the world, in a wide range of environments. Will reseed for plenty of crop.
In ancient times, purslane was used to protect against evil spirits. Purslane's medicinal use dates back at least 2,000 years, but it was used as food well before this period. Traditional medicinal uses for purslane are broad.
Other Names: pigweed, little hogweed, fatweed and pusley