Purslane is welcome here on my farm! In fact, I intentionally grow it. People have thought me daft seeing me dig up plants along the roadside. I transplanted them into my garden. Now I have a huge row of it plus it reproduces readily. Ah-ha, more to transplant. Not only do we eat it, but it's great for the chickens. I can get more money for my eggs if the hens are being fed purslane and herbs.
It's never too late to start! I retired to homestead on the slopes of Mauna Loa, an active volcano. I relate snippets of my endeavor on my blog : www.kaufarmer.blogspot.com
Isn't it funny how different perspectives think differently about things. I just orderd S. Lespedeza seed and will pick it up this Saturday. However, when I first was speaking with the seed dealer, I asked, "Do you carry Serecea Lespedeza in amounts less than 50 pounds?" There was a pause on the other end of the phone and then he spoke up, "uuummm, you want to cultivate lespedeza?" I chuckled hearing his confusion. Then he said, "All my customers are trying to get rid of the stuff ... cattle here won't touch it." I laughed again and told him we were going to grow it for goat forage for a naturla dewormer and that we would harvest it before it gets woody stems." He then had a better understanding and took my order for 25 pounds. But everytime I mentioned it here in Missouri, people look at me funny.
My other half found this growing as a weed near my naked-seed pumpkins and thought he'd pick me a bit. But the whole plant came out of the ground by the roots, so I ended up with this!
It's quite big - not the euro coin for scale.
This is the view from the back.
I'm going to saute it with onions and garlic and serve it with the chicken and tomatoes I have in the solar cooker. Might as well make use of the Portuguese sun!
A local friend of mine is given bunches of it by a friend who weeds it out of their garden. She freezes some for use later and likes to make a soup with tomato, garlic, poached egg and goat cheese, then poured over bread