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  • W. Blake Kooi

Purslane: Noxious Weed or Valuable Superfood?

The USDA classifies purslane as a noxious weed; however, this plant may prove itself to be quite valuable. In fact, its leaves, stems, and flowers are all edible and contain tons of nutrients. Purslane contains 2 different kinds of omega-3 fatty acids. One that is typically found in plants and another that is typically found in fish. It also contains vitamin A, vitamin C, magnesium, manganese, potassium, iron, and calcium. Wow! Could it get any better? Yes, it actually tastes good. It has a mild taste similar to lettuce, but a different texture. At times you may find it slightly sour. It tastes good fresh, but my favorite way to eat it is to put it in soups. Since a weed is roughly defined as a plant growing where it is not wanted and this plant is now thoroughly desired, this plant has transformed from weed to superfood!

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