If you have a garden of any sort, you know how hard it is to take care of it: you have to regularly water it, weed it, spray it if necessary and then maintain it once you’re satisfied with the final result. Weeds, in particular, can be problematic and annoying – not only can they harm your plants, but no matter how many times you’ve gotten rid of them – they keep coming back!
However, there is one common weed that is actually beneficial – purslane – and you definitely don’t want to throw it away.
Health Benefits of Purslane
Purslane is a common garden weed, which is why most people throw it away as soon as they notice it in their garden. However, this weed is actually completely edible, highly nutritious and actually tasty.
Purslane’s leaves are packed with essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants – all of which are great news for our overall health and wellbeing. Full of omega-3 fatty acids, iron, calcium and Vitamin C and A, purslane is indeed a super-weed.
In fact, purslane contains more Vitamin A than most well-known leafy green vegetables – so if you want improved eyesight, better skin, nails and hair, eat purslane whenever you find it.
Some research suggests that consuming purslane can even stave off cancer and reduce the risk of developmental disorders in children, such as ASD and ADHD.
As a bonus, purslane is not and will never be GMO!
How to Consume Purslane
Purslane has a crunchy, lemony taste. This makes it a great addition to salads, sandwiches and stews. You can even consume it as you would spinach.
- Toss a handful of this common weed into your green salad,
- Add it to your favorite pasta dish,
- Add it to your potato salad,
- Add it to your bean salads.
There are numerous ways you can prepare and eat purslane – experiment a bit and you’ll be sure to find your favorite way of consuming this healthy weed.