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Tuesday, July 19, 2011
A few years ago Aaron had mentioned a weed called purslane to me and how it was suppose to be very good for you. I wasn't very interested at the time but recently I have been hearing more and more about it. I follow another blog and it was mentioned there and I realized we had it growing wild all over our vegetable garden. It is a ground cover and we have it all over the place. It turns out Purslane is a local weed here in Ontario and is actually known for have many therapeutic uses as well as nutritional value. Purslane is five times richer in omega-3 fatty acids than spinach, and is also high in vitamin C.
Purslane is known as an excellent source of vitamins A, C and E and the essential amino acids. Reports describe Purslane as a "power food of the future" because of its high nutritive and antioxidant properties.
Purslane leaves contain Omega-3 fatty acid which regulate the body's metabolic activities. Purslane herb is known to have one of the highest known concentrations of Omega-3 fatty acid in any plant.
The stems of Purslane herb are known to be high in vitamin C.
Low in Saturated Fat, and Cholesterol
High in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Riboflavin, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium, Copper, Manganese, Thiamin, Niacin, Vitamin B6 and Folate
Purslane is widely used as a potherb in Mediterranean, central European and Asian countries.
Purslane is also widely used as an ingredient in a green salad. Tender stems and leaves are usually eaten raw, alone or with other greens. They are also cooked or pickled for consumption.
Purslane is used in various parts of the world to treat burns, headaches, stomach, intestinal and liver ailments, cough, shortness of breath and arthritis.
Purslane herb has also been used as a purgative, cardiac tonic, emollient, muscle relaxant, and in anti-inflammatory and diuretic treatments.
Purslane is popularly preserved for winter by pickling Purslane in apple cider vinegar with garlic cloves and peppercorns.
Purslane appears among a list of herbs considered to help benefit conditions such as osteoporosis and psoriasis.
Here are some good reference sites for information on purslane: