Purslane THE POWER PACK of Herbs It Grows Wild In Your Garden
The power herb PURSLANE has been used since the dinosaurs, and what do we do? typical of us, ignore or pull it up, spray it, or kill it. NATURES free medicine. The scientific name of Purslane is Portulaca oleracea, and noted researchers have been shocked, to see such high levels of the omega-3 fatty acids from this most nutritious green, on our earth, a weed that is underfoot all over the world. You know it, and you more than likely have crossed paths with it. Now it's time to learn about it. I love it, it grows everywhere, and I scream if I see anyone pulling it. Have converted many to praise this master of our gardens.
One VERY important thing to know about Purslane is that there is a plant known as spurge, that can be mistaken for it, and it is poisonous, and they grown side by side more than not. KNOW your plant, before you pick and eat it. It grows in Canada, United States, Australia, and many other places all over the world, so lucky us.
Many times similar plants grow near one another. Another example, the cure for poison ivy, jewel weed, grows near poison ivy. And spurge grows near Purslane. Purslane is spongy, something like jade, with red stems, and it is crisp, whereas spurge is flat, dull and has a thinner skin composition. Purslane has small yellow flowers that only open up in the morning, and the plant is succulent and generally has redder stems, that radiates from a single taproot that form flat mats of leaves on the ground. When the little yellow flowers go to seed, the seeds are look like tiny poppy seeds or pepper, and this plant self seeds itself and there is always a supply. RESEARCH AND LEARN the difference, you can also get Purslane now at some European deli's.
Purslane is used in many of Europe's and Asia's regions, as a staple food leafy vegetable. Spongy and and having a slight bitter taste, I personally love the flavor and enjoy it just as a snack. The leaves and tender stems are edible, and the yellow flower buds are also loved, in salads. Now making its way to the top as a power pack herb today, it tops the list of herbal plants high in vitamin E and an essential omega-3 fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid.
Purslane provides six times more vitamin E than spinach and seven times more beta carotene than carrots. It’s also rich in vitamin C, magnesium, riboflavin, potassium and phosphorus and the succulent purslane leaves have more omega-3 fatty acids than in some of the fish oils. 100 grams of fresh purslane leaves provide about 350 mg of alpha-linolenic acid.
An excellent source of Vitamin A, (1320 IU/100 g, provides 44% of RDA) one of the highest among green leafy vegetables. Vitamin A is a known powerful natural antioxidant and an essential vitamin for vision. it is also required to maintain healthy mucusa and skin.
Purslane is also a rich source of vitamin C, and some B-complex vitamins like riboflavin, niacin, pyridoxine and carotenoids, as well as dietary minerals, such as iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium. Purslane has the ability to help lose weight, boost heart health, some cancer preventions and, treat specifically lung and oral cancers and so much more.
Purslane is very low in calories, nutrient-rich and packed with dietary fibre. Boosting the strength of your most important cardiovascular system, what more could you want, from something so plentiful. I truly favor this for the heart hardy boost, this provides with the very large OMEGA content.
As a precautionary, it does have a relatively high content of oxalic acid, which can exacerbate the formation of kidney stones.
So find some spare time, do your research, and start taking a look on your property for this POWER FOOD. Take a look at google search and study the images, of Purslane vs Spurge, you will soon learn to spot it.
Again, just sharing another one of my natural favorites.
As always, soulspirations - Vicky