Purslane was favored by Gandhi, but is actually considered to be a common weed by the FDA. However, this very nutritious edible plant is quite popular in Greece and China. Researchers have found that purslane has the highest amount of omega 3 & Vitamin A among plants. Purslane is not only a good source of fatty acid, it also offers plenty of minerals, including, zinc, phosphorus, manganese, copper, magnesium and calcium. Fresh, raw leaves can be used in salad and vegetable juice. Many health foods stores, farmers’ markets & Asian supermarkets carry this healthy green.
Easy Purslane & Parsley Salad
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon finely chopped shallot
- 1/2 pound cherry tomatoes (preferably assorted heirloom varieties),
- 6 cups packed tender purslane sprigs and leaves (from a 1-pound bunch)
- 4 cups packed flat-leaf parsley leaves (from 2 large bunches).