Nutritious Purslane Proves as Powerful as
Many plants which grow wild and are considered
weeds are not only edible, but are also delicious,
nutritious, and even medicinal. Wild
purslane (Portulaca oleracea) which most consider
a weed is actually a green vegetable with
the highest amount of heart-healthy omega
3-fatty acids of any green. Purslane
is also used extensively in Chinese Medicine
as an herb which clears heat toxin.
widespread across the United States, growing
in fields, lots, lawns and gardens. It spreads
along the ground, and it has fleshy leaves
and a slightly sour taste. It is high
in iron (1) and has appreciable amounts
of omega 3 fatty acids, which
are more commonly found in seeds like flax
and in fish. Purslane has .01 mg/g, a very
high amount for land based vegetable sources.
(2). Purslane is excellent when used fresh
in salads, and it can also be steamed or cooked
into soups or added to dishes as spinach would
Medicine, Portulaca oleracea is known as Ma
Chi Xian. It is commonly used to treat dysentery,
urinary infections, sores, and abscesses,
and it is even used as an antidote for snakebites.
More recently it has been used to treat post
partum bleeding (3).
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