I bought a huge bunch of purslane at the market this week for just $2, and I can’t seem to eat it all fast enough. It’s a tasty little weed, with a slight sliminess that I surprisingly don’t mind. The leaves are slightly salty and sweet, and are apparently used in traditional cuisines around the world. Despite purslane’s far reaching culinary presence, I had never tasted it until I brought it home just a few days ago. I was conducting a Green Market tour last week when my client and I spotted a large bin full of purslane.
“This, I’ve never tried”, I admitted as I plucked a leaf and stuck it in my mouth.
“Tasty!”, I exclaimed, “I’ve got to buy some, and make something with it.”
So I bought the gigantic bunch of purslane for $2, rushed home, and created this spectacular salad of purslane, heirloom tomatoes, sweet corn and lemon basil. oooooooo so good! With nothing but a dash of sea salt, some pepper and a drizzle of olive oil the perfect summer green market salad was born.
After devouring a huge bowl of salad with Maxx, I Googled purslane to discover which nutrients I had just added to my fuel tank. I’ve got to say, I’m very impressed with purslane’s offerings. This beneficial weed has the highest levels of Omega 3 fatty acids (ALA and EPA) of any leafy vegetable. Go Pursy! On top of that the leaves provide you with lots of calcium, potassium and vitamins A through C. No bad at all! The only issue I have with purslane is that it takes way too long to remove the little leaves from the thick stalk. If anyone has a solution, I’d love to hear it. Still, knowing that this vegetable is healthy, tasty and pretty I will continue to add it to my salads and more.
I cannot give you the recipe until I acknowledge the beautiful tomatoes that were used in this salad. Stop everything, and look at those tomatoes. Like little radiant plums and alien fruit, these tomatoes were drawing in attention from all the market shoppers. The flavor…the flavor! Heirloom varieties are always tastier and better for you, but who knew they could be so cute too?