Are you familiar with the green-leafed weed in your yard with thick stems that seems to sprout everywhere you don’t want it? Everyone just thinks purslane is a common and useless weed. But after learning these shocking benefits, you’ll never rip it from your yard again. Unless it is too eat it. Here’s why:
The leaves of the plant have some amazing health benefits. It is rich in antioxidants, you know the things that help fight free radicals that cause cancer. But besides those, it is also loaded with tons of vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that promote good health. Learn more below!
While the leaves of the weed are healthy, purslane’s seeds are so strong, they can actually survive up to a quarter of a century. That’s 25 years! Imagine how good they will be for your health if you add these tasty morsels to your diet?
The seeds are beneficial to your immune system and help you fight off illnesses. Plus, they’re loaded with Omega-3 fatty acids and are GMO free since they grow naturally in your yard.
Besides all of these benefits, purslane contains the most Vitamin A compared to any leafy green vegetable. And we all know that can help protect us from cancer.
While everyone was always focused on how to get the “weed” out of their yards, that trend is changing. Now people are protecting the purslane that naturally flourishes on their properties.
When you get a chance to try the leaves, you’ll notice they have a pleasant, lemon-like taste. The texture is crunchy and this plant is a perfect addition to your recipes. Think of it as a substitute for spinach.
Add purslane leaves to your salads, sandwiches, or anywhere else you use leafy greens. These leaves are also loaded with protein. That means you get the nutrients your muscles require to heal and grow stronger.
Did you know that eating Omega-3 regularly protects you against heart disease and stroke? Well that’s the power of this “useless” weed that has been growing in your yard for years. The nutrient also lowers the risk of ADHD in children, autism, and other developmental disorders. Sounds like a miracle plant to me.
Here’s how you identify purslane and where you can find it:
According to Pennilesparenting.com, “Purslane grows out from one main taproot, and then grows in a rosette, sprawling out in all directions…Its stem ranges from a green to pink to red, and sometimes can be brown and can be quite thick…The top of the leaves are a shiny, dark green, while the underside is a more matted light grey green color. The leaves retain water; they’re thick like and remind me of jade leaves.”
The website continues: “But the best part about purslane is it grows EVERYWHERE! There isn’t a single continent in the world other than Antarctica that doesn’t have purslane growing on it. Whether you live in Canada, New England, Southern US, the Rockies, the Pacific Northwest, the Great Plains, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, or South Africa (and a host of other places I didn’t mention because this list was getting long), you’re in luck! Because come summer, and this plant grows where you do. You just need to open your eyes.”
Purslane grows just about anywhere. So try it out now this summer.
Watch the video below to learn more about identifying it and using it.
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