Thursday, May 6, 2010

Purslane: A Common Garden Weed or Delicacy

Purslane is all the talk today for its high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, but is it really a delicacy or is it still just a prolific weed? What do you think?

To me it has a slightly salty taste, some people say it tastes like black pepper, anyhow it is definitely crisp, fresh, and crunchy. If you haven't noticed it in your garden, then maybe you should check again because it is naturalized throughout most of the world. It can be distinguished from other weeds by its thick stem in comparison to the wiry stems of spurge. It also has yellow flowers and minute almost microscopic black seeds. Here is a picture for you to take a look.

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