Purslane (Portulaca oleracea)

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Common Names
Purslane, garden purslane, pigweed, pusley (En); pourpier, pourpier potager (Fr); verdolaga, buglosa, porcelana, hierba grasa (Sp); 馬齒莧 (Cn)

Plant Distribution
Throughout tropical regions

Edible Parts
Tender shoots with pleasant acidic flavor are used fresh in salad, blanched, pickled, or sun-dried.

Health values
Beta-carotene: medium; vitamin E: low; riboflavin: low; folic acid: low; ascorbic acid: medium; calcium: low; iron: high; protein: 1.3%. Edible portions contain coumarins, flavonoids, and oxalic acid (ca.1%). Purslane contains omega-3 fatty acids that are available to the human diet mainly through animal sources such as fish; it may have a protective effect against cardiovascular disease.

Read more: Purslane, in Discovering Indigenous Treasures: Promising Indigenous Vegetables from Around the World. 2009. AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center