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Uses for purslane

 
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purslane is grown in India as a cover crop. if the soil is too dry, purslane is tilled under to add water. purslane mineralizes my teeth after i eat it. purslane grows out of cracks on the sidewalks and is drought tolerant. purslane is very muselagenious (sp?) aka slimy when eaten but i am going to batter and fry it like okra. i will tell you how it turns out.










 
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i havent notice muccilaginous-ness in purslane ive eaten, is that only cus ive eaten small amounts?
 
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Great thread! How about some ideas on how everyone prepares purslane?

It is just coming back in season in my area.

I mince mine into salads, cassaroles, scrambled eggs and put them in green smoothies. I also like to saute them with assorted greens.
 
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Purslane never makes it out of my garden it's too good. I eat it in replace of lettuce during summer. Excellent groundcover for corn.
 
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We just mix-&-broadcasted our fall/winter garden into the raised beds and included purslane (and mustard, dandelion, plantain, clover, alfalfa, chard, kale, carrot, radish, buckwheat, poppie, peppers, wormwood, etc. . .). We typically just garden-browse the purslane. Highest Ω3 of any green in the garden! And this year the girls painstakingly collected the purslane seeds (tinny little buggers) and we started them in flats. Seriously, we have purslane growing in start flats. Did I mention the Ω3??? Better than even flax!

edit: our goats love the purslane, but they'll walk past it to get to the spurge. Why? I've never read about spurge being nutritious, but the goats seem to think it is. Personally, I'm going with the goats and I'll be planting red spurge in the spring.

 
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