We now have over two decades under our belts in cultivating organic produce on our gentleman’s farm. Over the years we have observed that the most prolific crops with the highest yield are synchronized with the nutrients that our bodies require during any given season. It is an affirmation that Nature provides exactly what we need at any given time. All we have to do is tune in.
This is a fine example of a leafy green vegetable that grows in abundance without very much effort or water required.
When we first began the adventures of gardening, purslane was something we innocently pulled out of the tomato garden because it was an indigenous weed and we had not yet discovered its medicinal value. The truth is purslane is a weed, and what a weed it is!!! This summer Nature has gifted us with an abundance of this phenomenal leafy green. Now, extensive studies and research confirm it’s miraculous medicinal properties.
Here are some of Purslane’s benefits:
- Contains anticancer flavonoids
- Loaded with 17 vitamins and minerals
- Rich in omega – 3 fatty acids
- Supplies antioxidants
- Lowers blood sugar, cholesterol & triglycerides
- Assists in weight loss
- Contains anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal & anti-viral properties
- Immune booster
We have discovered many creative culinary uses for this versatile vegetable. Enjoy it in salads, soups, stew, egg dishes, stir fry, or added to your favorite smoothie. Due to its high alkaline content, purslane is easily integrated into most recipes and enhances the natural flavor of food. This beautiful leafy green can be purchased at farmers markets and health food stores in your area.
One of our favorite recipes for Purslane is very simple and absolutely delicious.
1.Gently wash the purslane and pick the leaves off of the stalk. (You can also chiffonade the stalk as they are equally as nutritious)
2.Add slices of any stone fruit such as apricots, peaches, plums etc.
3. Crumble feta cheese
4. Dress the salad with a simple mixture of extra virgin olive oil, lemon, honey & salt
Being conscious of the medicinal properties of food leads to better health!
Enjoy the personal journey in discovering new foods such as Purslane that supports your own specific health and wellbeing.
To your health,
Joe and Moni
P.S. Just discovered the first cucumbers of the season. We were inspired to create a cucumber/purslane cooler and couldn’t resist sharing this healthy recipe with you.
1 bunch of purslane (2 handfuls)
4 Tbsp of greek yogurt
3 tsp of lemon juice
1 tsp of garlic powder
pinch of salt
1 cup of water
1 cup of ice
Combine all ingredients in a blender and adjust to suit your taste.
Enjoy this refreshing summer treat!