Summer purslane (Portulaca oleracea) is best known as an invasive weed, but this wild-growing succulent plant is also completely edible, and it's delicious, too. Also known as little hogweed, verdolaga, common purslane, portulaca, and pursley, summer purslane adds a slightly tangy note to soups and stir-fries, and its juicy leaves can be used to add texture to salads. Culinary aspects aside, purslane is also an all-around healthy food that contains a whole range of health-boosting nutrients, including omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidant vitamins, and minerals.
This fantastic “weed” is virtually underfoot everywhere, including Walden Pond, apparently. One can even find it surviving in places like inner New York City.
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