Harvesting Purslane for Current and Future Use


Purslane is a weed. It is drought tolerant, heat tolerant and quite prolific. Yet, if you have it in your yard, it is probably the most nutritious thing growing in your garden.

Purslane has seven times more betacarotene than carrots as well as 14 times more omega-3 fatty acids and six times the vitamin E of spinach. Some researchers claim that it actually has more omega-3s than some fish oils. It is also high in iron, magnesium, manganese, potasium, calcium and copper. Traditional Chinese medicine has long used it to help with many gastrointestinal disorders.


I have never planted purlane yet it is growing all over my garden. I let it grow between rows of crops or where vegetables didn't germinate well. It grows fast so it gives me something to put on my plate well before any carrots or beets are ready. I add it to smoothies, toss it in salads, or steam it for 4 or 5 minutes and serve it with butter and salt. Delicious!

I also like to add it to my bone broth soup. I discovered more than 30 years ago (and I honestly can't remember how I did) that if my husband, Bob, and I have at least two servings of my homemade soup a week, we have no problems with our joints. If I forget, my knees really bother me.

One thing that I like to do with my soup is give it as many goodies as I can so that it will be packed with vitamins and minerals. Vitamins and minerals are water-soluble, so they leave whatever bones or vegetables that you put into the pot and transfer into the soup. I always add beets, carrots, leafy greens and a small piece of good-quality liver (from an animal that was pastured and raised humanely on a small farm).

9/7/2021 2:28:07 AM

I often thankfully enjoy a few stems of purslane while gardening--refreshing! And pretty often, all summer long, I take some to the kitchen to enjoy chopped in salad or next morning omlette or scrambled eggs! Thanks for the freezer & soup suggestions! The tangy taste early in the day is due to portulaca's unique ability to absorb CO2 during the night and store in its fleshy leaf tissue and stems in order to get a jump on photosynthesis in the morning! So have some carbonated water salad early in your garden tomorrow. (note: avoid spurge, with its milky latex sap. Its leaves and stems are thin, not fleshy.)

7/13/2021 11:46:45 PM

I'm curious if you are using the purslane in making the bone broth, or when using the bone broth as a soup base?

7/6/2019 5:00:33 PM

OK this has happened 4 times Im exhausted from working around the yard and I eat Purslane and get these energy spurts doing number of things and when I'm finished with 5 or 6 tasks asking myself was that the plant I just ate

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