Here’s a weed that’s really good for you.

Purslane!

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It’s everywhere in my backyard on the Oxbow, and I’ve been pulling it up and discarding it for years, yet it keeps coming back.

A neighbor recently introduced it to me as a snack food to add to salads.  Purslane has a slightly bitter but grass like taste, and because it’s a succulent, it’s crunchy!  I’ve put it in a tomato sandwich with some grated cheese.  It’s delicious!

Here are some of the health benefits  of Purslane.

1. Omega-3 fatty acids

2. Antioxidants.

3. Calcium and magnesium.

4. Potassium

5. Iron

6. Beta-carotene

7. Hydration

8. Glutathione and melatonin.

9. Betalain.

10. Tryptophan.

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By Lemur12 – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4608547

Wikipedia has a lot to say about this plant. It’s been used world wide for centuries by humans as a food source.

You could try growing it in a pot indoors, so it’s handy throughout the winter.

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I hope you like it!

 

 

 

 

 

Author: Mike Caswell

I live in Fairport, and my home is at The Oxbow section of The Erie Canal. I fish, have a pontoon boat and like messing in boats. (see www.mud-skipper.com). I'm retired and enjoy every day living here with my wife Carol and our two dogs.

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