purslane (Portulaca oleracea)

  • All wild plants must be regarded as inedible when not accompanied by an appropriately qualified professional.
  • This page is about purslane is also known as summer purslane. There is also another plant called winter purslane or miners lettuce.
  • Purslane grows wild throughout the world.
  • For hundreds of years it was a food crop in India.
  • It was a favourite food of Gandhi.
  • Purslane contains significant amounts of oxalic acid and therefore ought not to be eaten raw in quantity.
  • All parts of the plant may be eaten, except for the roots.
  • Avoid a plant called spurge which is poisonous. At a quick glance you might think that it looks a bit like purslane. Spurge may be growing next to purslane.
  • To identify purslane, go with the process used by Green Deane. See the video clip. His video says that the sap is NOT milky. Confusingly other video clips talks about milky sap.
  • Commercially grown purslane has larger leaves, less taste and poorer texture than wild purslane.

Links

  • From Stalking the Wild Dandelion A Guide to Wild Edible Plants for Parents and Teachers to Use With Children. A new, as yet unpublished, work-in-progress. Purslane comes from India, where it was a food crop centuries ago. It was Gandhi's favorite food. Now it also grows across America, and around the world.
  • http://www.wildmanstevebrill.com