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Portulaca oleracea

Purslane

Family Portulacaceae


Use
Salad, cooked vegetable, pickled or flour. The stems and leaves can either be added to a salad or boiled for 10 minutes. The stems can be pickled. The seeds can be made into a nutritious flour.



Description

Growth Form: Herbaceous plant and a flower. Grows prostrate or hugging the ground.

Leaves: Small, light-green succulent leaves. Grow in whorls Paddle shaped.

 


Purslane (Emily Silver, Weston MA)
Leaves


Purslane (Emily Silver, Weston MA)
Whole Plant


Flowers:
Stalkless flower that opens with the sun. Five petals each.

Habitat and Range

Waste areas and sandy soils. Across Eastern United States

Season

Stems and leaves harvested in the summer. Late summer for seeds.

Fun Facts

Purslane is very high in iron, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, calcium, and phosphorus.


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