Why Does the FDA Call This Omega-3-Rich Green a Weed?

Purslane belongs in your diet! This abundant “weed” is a deliciously sour green that makes a wonderful addition to salads, stir fries, vegetable dishes, soups, and salsas. It pairs nicely with citrus and melon. It’s a tasty complement to pork, fish, and protein-rich beans such as lentils.

Purslane is the richest source of Omega-3 fatty acids of any green, leafy vegetable. Interestingly, purslane contains the EPA (eicosapentanoic acid) form of Omega-3, which is rare for a plant source of fatty acids. Purslane is also naturally high in magnesium, iron, calcium, potassium, and iron. Pretty incredible, isn’t it!

Though commonly used in many dishes in many countries the world over, purslane has yet to catch on in the States. Also called pigweed or hogweed, this succulent leaf stands up in stews and soups, yet also goes well with fresh cheeses like mozzarella or cottage cheese due to its salty, sour, zesty flavor.

Purslane is rich in the anti-mutagenic antioxidants betaxanthins and betacyanins. It helps to reduce inflammation, constipation, and is beneficial to the urinary system. And purslane is a must for joint health!

Increasingly, purslane can be found at farmers’ markets and specialty grocers. But it’s even popping up in regular grocery stores these days, too. Ask for it!

Further reading:

Vegetables that reduce inflammation and joint pain!

More interesting vegetables you may not have tried!

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