Well, here we are again with another Foraging Freebie. And this time you don’t even have to walk to your favourite forest. You can find this glorious edible weed, packed high in omega 3, right in your own backyard.
When I first discovered it in the cracks of my patio stones, I was simply attracted to it because I liked the looks. Soon afterwards, though, I realized that it was the weed I had been trying to find for over a year: it was purslane.
Many gardeners dream of the day when they can eliminate purslane from their well-manicured yards. But not me. No, I admire it; and take photos of it; and spread the seeds around my herbs, and tomato and bean plants; and even transplant some plants into pots so that, hopefully, I’ll have some to munch on in the winter.
In the close-up below you can see the small black cone-shaped seed pod in the middle of a cluster of unripe seed pods.And here in the shots below, you can see how tiny the seeds are–they remind me of poppy seeds.
After picking the handful above to take photos for this post, I simply gobbled up the works. Yes, raw, seeds and all. A neat little snack right from my garden.
Or, if you prefer, throw them in the buttery fry pan for 30-40 seconds after you have removed your eggs. Quite lovely.
For more information on the reasons for eating purslane, check out this link: