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Old 08-25-2018, 09:47 PM   #1
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Default If You See This Invasive “Miracle” Weed, Don’t Kill It, Eat It

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Purslane is medicine, not a menace. It’s also a culinary delight making its way into farmer’s markets and fancy restaurants.

Purslane is one of many weeds in your garden that you might not want to kill. The super-food beloved by Ghandi, is now making a comeback in farmer’s markets and fancy restaurants.
It “sprouts from sidewalk cracks, invades gardens and earns contempt from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which classifies it as a “noxious weed,” the Chicago Tribune reports.

It’s also “a miracle plant,” Dr. Artemis Simopoulos told the Times.
https://returntonow.net/2018/08/24/i...ill-it-eat-it/
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Ive seen that around here, after rains and before its scorching hot and dry
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Iv been killing those in my garden for years.
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Old 08-26-2018, 09:07 AM   #4
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Purslane is somewhat crunchy and has a slight lemony taste. Some people liken it to watercress or spinach, and it can substitute for spinach in many recipes. Young, raw leaves and stems are tender and are good in salads and sandwiches. They can also be lightly steamed or stir-fried. Purslane’s high level of pectin (known to lower cholesterol) thickens soups and stews.

Purslane may be a common plant, but it is uncommonly good for you. It tops the list of plants high in vitamin E and an essential omega-3 fatty acid called alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Purslane provides six times more vitamin E than spinach and seven times more beta carotene than carrots. It’s also rich in vitamin C, magnesium, riboflavin, potassium and phosphorus.

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Old 08-26-2018, 10:22 AM   #5
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I used to see it all the time in the Dallas area but I haven't seen any here in north Louisiana.
There is another plant called spurge that looks very much like purslane but it is poisonous so make sure you can recognize the difference before you eat some.
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Gots to be kidding me.

I have that stuff all over here. I reckon I'll have to give it a try. Well, actually I'll get my son in law to try it first. Just in case the article is wrong.


And by the way, certain varieties of Portulaca look like Purslane, too.
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Most of the weds in my yard have needles on them.....some thick and corse...some small and fine

you need a heavy pair of leather work gloves to pull them.
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That plant grows prolifically here. Hit it with a weed eater and everywhere a leaf lands a new plant will grow.

I use to pull them up and try to keep them out of the lawn, I finally gave up.
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That stuff is all over by the lake I fish at here in town.
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I just saw a it all over in some park grass that gets watered
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I have it in front of my house, but I'm not eating it as it is growing where the dog always pees.
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No wonder it is also known as "Pig Weed" because the pigs love it.
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