PLANT PROFILE

 

NAME: Purslane

LATIN NAME / FAMILY:  Portulaca retusa / Portulacaceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S):  little hogweed

CONDITIONS:  sun, hard-packed soil
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

 

 

 

 

Leaves

succulent

tangy

RAW/PICKEL

summer

Buds/Flowers

yellow

tangy

RAW/PICKEL

summer

Fruits

 

 

 

 

Roots

       

Seeds

 

 

   

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Pods

 

 

 

 

Stalk/Stem

young

tangy

RAW/PICKEL

summer

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION: medium

 

COMMENT:  Plant with the highest level of Omega-3 fatty acids. Makes a good relish or crunchy addition to any kind of salad.

 

CAUTION:

 

NUTRITION/ MEDICINAL: 

o   http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetables-and-vegetable-products/2604/2

o   https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/purslane.html

o   https://articles.mercola.com/herbs-spices/purslane.aspx

 

LOOK-A-LIKES:

 

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES:  spurge - https://hotdogjam.wordpress.com/2009/09/01/purslane-or-spurge /  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euphorbia_maculata

 

OTHER USES: https://www.pfaf.org/user/OtherUses.aspx

 

SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):

  1. https://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Portulaca+retusa
  2. http://www.eattheweeds.com/?s=purslane
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portulaca_oleracea
  4. http://www.foragingtexas.com/2008/08/purslanesedumstone-crop.html  (good photos)