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Updated: Jul 23, 2023

Portulaca oleracea

Plant Family: Portulacaceae

Purslane, also known as verdolagas, is a wonderful weed that turns up in the summertime and blankets the ground with its vigorous growth, protecting the soil from the hot sun. It can also be purposely cultivated as as edible plant and its small succulent lemony-tasting leaves are delicious in salads. We like making a mix of puslane leaves, chopped mint, red onions, and yogurt.

Purslane Recipe Ideas

Purslane Tzatziki

Finely chop purslane and mint. Mix into greek yogurt for a quick tzatziki sauce. Other additions: cucumbers, lemon, olive oil, garlic.

These statements are for educational purposes only. They have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Consult a licensed health care professional before consuming a new plant -- especially if you are pregnant or have pre-existing medical conditions.


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