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.
Key Benefits:
  • 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

Therapeutic Uses:

  • 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.

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