The Power of Purslane


Purslane, you sly fellow.  There he is coming up through the cracks in the pavement even though last week he was shot with poisonous chemicals to kill him.  Yet, the mighty purslane prevails.

I do find it just a smidge ironic that we as a society are so fiercely lacking in nutrients in our current food system and as the vast majority search for healthy food we use weed killer to eliminate our healthiest foods.  Wild foods.

I walked with one of my apprentices down the sidewalk and pointed out several different foods and medicines peeking through the pavement.  Purslane was there too.

Purslane contains the highest form of Omega 3’s out of any food.  Forget salmon, this outranks it.  It is pure brain food.  Wild greens hold roughly ten times more nutrients than their cultivated counterparts.  Purslane is delicious, just a hint of citrus in its flavor and is crunchy.  It is delicious in salads and in smoothies.  Its medicinal constituent (besides the Omega 3) is demulcency.  It becomes gelatinous upon consumption helping to repair stomach lining, dry lungs, and nasal passages.  It is filled with Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, Potassium, Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Phosphorus, Copper, Manganese, Riboflavin, and Vitamin E (demulcent).

So, I probably won’t be harvesting it from pavements, especially the ones that have cars driving over them or recent applications of weed killers, but I can find it in friends’ yards, in my garden, and other unsuspecting places.  Respect your wild foods!  They have the ability to heal and nourish.

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