Powerhouse Of Nutrition: Purslane

purslanePurslane is a powerhouse of nutrition. Hippocrates used it as a medicine. Henry David Thoreau found it in a cornfield, boiled it, and called it a “satisfactory dinner.” Many Europeans today eat it as Thoreau did, or chop it up fresh and put it in their salads.

It’s known as purslane–a plant that is a troublesome weed in many U.S. crops, especially vegetables. But recent research findings confirm that purslane is also a rich source of fatty acids, vitamin E, and other key nutrients–making it a prime candidate as a new vegetable crop.

For example, if you currently take fish oil capsules, omega-3 oil capsules, flax oil, or anti-depressants, a switch to purslane could improve your health and save you lots of money, too.

Herbalist James Duke says purslane contains up to 4000 ppm of the omega-3 fatty-acid alpha linolenic acid (ALA) Eating purslane is tastier, safer, and more effective than taking omega-3 supplements. To increase the effect, Duke suggests adding walnut oil to your purslane.

Purslane counters depression. It is one of the five herbs — lettuce, amaranth greens, lamb’s quarters greens, and watercress are the other four — richest in antidepressant substances.

Purslane is a superior source of calcium, magnesium, potassium, phenylalanine, and tryptophan, all of which are known to moderate the effects of depressive brain chemicals.

Purslane is the richest source of Omega-3 fatty acids of any green, leafy vegetable.. And,

It is native to India and Persia and has spread throughout the world as an edible plant and as a weed. Many cultures embrace purslane as a food.

Purslane has fleshy succulent leaves and stems with yellow flowers. They look like baby jade plants. The stems lay flat on the ground as they radiate from a single taproot sometimes forming large mats of leaves. It is closely related to Rose Moss, grown as a “not so weedy” ornamental.

Purslane is an annual reproducing from seeds and from stem pieces. Seeds of purslane have been known to stay viable for 40 years in the soil.

If you are trying to control purslane the number one rule is don’t let it go to seed. About three weeks after you notice seedlings, the flowers and seeds will be produced. Also plants or plant pieces that are uprooted but not removed can root back into the soil.

Herb or vegetable?

This lemony, crisp nutritional powerhouse is neither, it’s actually a succulent. Many describe it as similar to arugula or spinach. It’s less bitter than arugula and less tannic than spinach. It can be prepared in many of the same ways as either.

Purslane kicks nutritional booty as compared to four super foods on that list:

  • Cabbage – Purslane has more vitamin C.
  • Beets – Purslane has more vitamin A.
  • Swiss Chard – Purslane has more iron, calcium.
  • Frozen Blueberries – Purslane has more iron, calcium.

Preparation and serving methods

The stems and flower buds are also edible. Trim the tough stems near roots using sharp knife. Cook under low temperature for shorter period in order to preserve majority of nutrients.

Although antioxidant properties are significantly decreased on frying and boiling; minerals, carotenes and flavonoids may remain intact with steam cooking.

Here are some serving tips:

  • Fresh, raw leaves can be used as a salad and as vegetable juice.
  • It has also being used in soup and curry preparations

Want to know more about purslane? Then, post your question below.

Yours truly for great health, mind and body,

Michelle, natural health advocate

No related posts.

January 20 2010 05:59 pm | Green Living and Healthy Eating and Natural Beauty and Natural Remedies

46 Responses to “Powerhouse Of Nutrition: Purslane”

  1. Shad Conmy Says:

    I don’t agree with everything in this piece of writing, but you do make some very good points. I’m very interested in this matter and I myself do alot of research as well. Either way it was a well thoughtout and nice read so I figured I would leave you a comment. Feel free to check out my website sometime and let me know what you think.

  2. Adan Kammerdiener Says:

    Amazing write-up, this is very similar to a site that I have. Please check it out sometime and feel free to leave me a comenet on it and tell me what you think. Im always looking for feedback.

  3. Mckinley Origer Says:

    This is a good post, but I was wondering how do I suscribe to the RSS feed?

  4. admin Says:

    Just click the RSS button in the upper left corner of the site. Tell me if you have any problems.
    Michelle

  5. Ben Mccarron Says:

    I have read a few of the articles on your website now, and I really like your style of blogging. I added it to my favorites site list and will be checking back soon. Please check out my site as well and let me know what you think.

  6. Magali Banis Says:

    I’m pleased I discovered this website, I couldnt discover any info on this topic prior to. Also run a site and if you want to ever serious in a little bit of visitor writing for me if possible feel free to let me know, im always look for people to check out my web page. Please stop by and leave a comment sometime!

  7. Ellsworth Chestang Says:

    I have read a few of the articles on your website now, and I really like your style of blogging. I added it to my favorites site list and will be checking back soon. Please check out my site as well and let me know what you think.

  8. Lawanda Montane Says:

    This is a good piece of content, I was wondering if I could use this blog post on my website, I will link it back to your website though. If this is a problem please let me know and I will take it down right away.

  9. medical obgyn Says:

    I agree with the author that we need to share the knowledge we gain!. . . . . .

  10. pageant interview questions Says:

    Hey – great blog, just looking around some blogs, seems a really nice platform you are using. I’m currently using WordPress for a few of my blogs but looking to change one of them over to a platform similar to yours as a trial run. Anything in particular you would recommend about it?

  11. Travel Says:

    Nice post…Thank you for sharing some good things.

  12. palliative chemotherapy Says:

    This is my second visit to this blog. We are starting a new initiative in the same category as this blog. Your blog provided us with valuable information to work on. You have done a admirable job.

  13. Burton Haynes Says:

    you’re a really great blogger. You should check out my blog on barrie dentist at http://barriedentist.org/

  14. Devin Cerf Says:

    Great Stuff on here, very proud of you and everything that you do!

  15. Luigi Fulk Says:

    •I admire the valuable information you offer in your articles. I will bookmark your blog and have my children check up here often. I am quite sure they will learn lots of new stuff here than anybody else!

  16. Johnna Forpahl Says:

    This is a good article, I was wondering if I could use this piece of writing on my website, I will link it back to your website though. If this is a problem please let me know and I will take it down right away.

  17. domain dan hosting Says:

    Aw, this was a really quality post. In theory I’d like to write like this too – taking time and real effort to make a good article… but what can I say… I procrastinate alot and never seem to get something done.

  18. vege chili Says:

    Having veg is great for wellness. For those who are usually concern regarding your health, you should cease take in animal meat and choose vegetable correct away. Numerous vegetable recipe now is not truly wellness but are delicous as well. So just try for one month even you are afraid of not able to sustain on it.

  19. contraceptive methods Says:

    Some motivational post you have here. Seems that lots of people enjoyed and benefited from it. Cheers and thanks.

  20. Miguelina Gillece Says:

    Very helpful post. Very clear commentary and suggested phrasing are most impressive, as are his and your generosity in sharing this explanation and example A life saver , i looked all over for something like this , appreciate it!

  21. foam mattress Says:

    I really enjoyed reading your post here and I just wanted to tell you that I totally agree with what you’re saying! It’s hard to find people that think alike these days. Keep it up

  22. Chin Maltie Says:

    amazing site bookmark it for later

  23. Jessie Ramsahai Says:

    Hello,The Motif of your blog is very fit to me, I hope more interflow with you this theme.

  24. Chloe Zell Says:

    thanks for the help!

  25. Debera Promer Says:

    Thanks for sharing, I found this story while searching for free lyrics, interesting comments and great points made.

  26. Ki Chau Says:

    I enjoyed your article. Its good to see good information on such an important subject..Keep up the good work ! Feeling Tired All The Time?

  27. Feeling Tired All The Time Says:

    I enjoyed your site. Its good to see good information on such an important subject..Keep up the good work ! Feeling Tired All The Time?

  28. Donald Spiegel Says:

    Howdy, your site is on air in the radio! Good job mate. Your posts are truly great and bookmarked. Regards

  29. Emile Limke Says:

    Individual thanks so considerably for listing all this written content on the following, what a time saver!!

  30. Jone Filpus Says:

    Brilliant post. Just found it on AOL. tks 4 the useful information. Keep up the nice work :)

  31. Karrie Arhart Says:

    This is a good posting, I was wondering if I could use this summary on my website, I will link it back to your website though. If this is a problem please let me know and I will take it down right away.

  32. Mike Says:

    People in the Mediterranean region, Turkey and Greece, eat purslane all the time, mostly in salads. Try it mixed with yogurt, garlic and olive oil.

  33. Aral Sea Before And After Says:

    Finding websites with as much information as this one is always a pleasure I wll be sure to come back and visit again real soon, keep up the good work.

  34. gardening raised beds Says:

    Great Blog! I have a similar site, and get a lot of spam. Do you face such problems? Can you please recommend some steps I take to combat spam. Thanks.

  35. Le Tahaa Tahiti Says:

    wow, awesome post, I was wondering how to cure acne naturally. and found your site by bing, many userful stuff here, now i have got some idea. bookmarked and also signed up your rss. keep us updated.

  36. Le Tahaa Tahiti Says:

    Nice site, I just dugg this keep up the good work!. . . . . .

  37. Daisey Chim Says:

    I have been surfing online more than three hours today, yet I never found any interesting article like yours. It¡¯s pretty worth enough for me. In my opinion, if all webmasters and bloggers made good content as you did, the internet will be much more useful than ever before.

  38. tahiti vacations Says:

    I love reading and I am always searching for informative information like this! You are bookmarked!. . . . . .

  39. Le Tahaa Tahiti Says:

    Should there be another persuasive post you can share next time, I’ll be surely waiting for it.

  40. grover cleveland alexander stats Says:

    Amazing, truly excellent information. Your blog is really awesome. I bookmarked this and will come back once again. . . .

  41. grover cleveland alexander stats Says:

    Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love reading more on this topic. If possible, as you gain expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more information? It is extremely helpful for me.

  42. Susie Kyle Says:

    I’m interested in knowing the best way to preserve purslane for use in the winter? My guess would be freezing or dehydrating, though both have their advantages and disadvantages.

  43. admin Says:

    I usually dry it in dehydrator.

  44. Ahmad Caramanica Says:

    Hallo Friend , i read with Your write. i am coming again to your blog my friend. Do u have new post or good news ? Admin of http://www.gmurak.com/

  45. enjoy party bus Says:

    It’s actually a great and helpful piece of info. I am happy that you just shared this useful information with us. Please keep us up to date like this. Thank you for sharing.

  46. flag makers Says:

    Greetings from Los angeles! I’m bored to tears at work so I decided to check out your website on my iphone during lunch break. I really like the info you provide here and can’t wait to take a look when I get home. I’m shocked at how fast your blog loaded on my mobile .. I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyhow, very good blog!

Leave a Reply