While it typically earns a great deal of contempt from the Department of Agriculture, purslane is actually a superfood. High in omega 3 fatty acids, purslane also possesses a variety of other nutritional benefits. Making appearances in farmers’ markets and even fancy restaurants, purslane should also become a household staple, as it is a potent health remedy.
What is Purslane?
Often labeled as a “weed,” purslane is actually a succulent herb. The plant is formally known as portulaca oleracea and less affectionately called little hogweed. The plant looks similar to the common jade plant and generally has fleshy, round leaves growing from a thin stalk.
The flavor components alone are often enough to make individuals try the herb. The leaves are the most important part of the plant and offer a moisture-rich bite similar to the crispness of a fresh cucumber. The leaves also render a note of lemony tang with a bit of a peppery finish.
Taste is not the only reason to eat this plant, however. It is considered by many as “a miracle plant.” Purslane literally has the highest level of omega 3 fats than any other green plants. It also boasts an assortment of other vitamins and nutrients.
Health Benefits of Purslane
In addition to its nearly 400mg of omega 3 fatty acids per serving, purslane also offers a variety of other nutrients. The tender, leafy plant also possesses a number of nutrients including vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, iron, calcium, manganese, magnesium, and potassium.
These nutrients make the plant an effective herbal refreshment for health and wellness. Its high concentrations of omega 3 fats make it an effective treatment for boosting heart health, lowering blood pressure and cholesterol, and controlling symptoms of attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism. Its nutrient profile also make it an effective treatment for diabetes, asthma, migraines, and osteoporosis. The herb can even prevent cancer, promote skin health and boost immunity.
While labeled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a “noxious weed,” purslane is actually a beneficial health supplement. Besides that, it also tastes delicious.
Continue reading to learn how Earth Clinic readers have used this powerful herb to treat various ailments.