Portulaca oleracea, all the information: recipes, cultivation, where to find the seeds and what are its benefits. Properties, contraindications and where to buy it.
Portulaca oleracea, where to buy it
To wonderwhere to buy purslane it seems to me almost a sacrilege: this spontaneous herb, every year, with the first spring warmth invades my garden and I am forced to uproot it and treat it like a weed. As much as I also appreciate it in the kitchen: it grows a lot and everywhere! Personally, I have never seen it in any market or fruit-garden counter but, at the end of the page, I will tell you where to find purslane seeds for cultivation.
I'm warning you! It is a very resistant plant, so even if you try to grow it in a planter or in a flowerbed on the sidelines, after a few years you will see it appear almost everywhere!
Portulaca oleracea, plant
Therepurslane oleraceait is among the most popular edible wild herbs of recent times. it is rich in omega 3 and presents interestingbeneficial properties.
It is native to Europe and North Africa, has smooth stems, slightly tending to reddish. The leaves are succulent and alternating, clustered at the ends of the shoots.
It produces small yellow flowers about 6 mm wide, depending on the climatic trend, the flowers can appear as early as spring or late summer.
The root is very resistant, taproot, for this reason if it invades the garden it is difficult to completely eradicate. From the residual root in the soil, new plants can be formed.
The taproot, in addition to being very resistant, adapts well to any type of soil and for this reasonpurslane oleraceait's super easy tocultivate. Its cultivation is also possible on poor, compact soils or in case of drought. However, if harvested after a long period of drought, purslane is a bit bitter to eat.
Portulaca or fat grass
There purslane, in the Italian regions, it is known by different names: from the fat grass of Piedmont to Porcelain in Lombardy, Lazio and Marche it is called porcacchia, in Abruzzo precacchia and in Campania it is known by the ambiguous name of pucchiacchella grass. Therepurslane oleraceait has always been known as a medicinal plant, it has been used since the times of the ancient Egyptians but today many Italians treat it as a difficult infestation to weed, in fact not everyone is aware of its incredible properties.
Portulaca oleracea, property
Betweenproperty of purslaneexperts cite those that are diuretic, purifying, thirst-quenching and anti-diabetic. In daily practice, purslane leaves can be useful for the preparation of compresses to soothe insect bites, acne and eczema.
Until recently, thepurslane it was used as a valid natural remedy in case of hemorrhoids, postpartum hemorrhages, acute enteritis and in the treatment of vomiting and diarrhea. Today, thepurslane oleraceais back on the crest of the wave, partly for its "historical healing properties" but above all for its nutritional properties: recent studies have shown thatpurslaneit is rich in omega 3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, substances that play a crucial role in the prevention of cardiovascular diseases.
Between nutritional properties of the purslane, we point out that only 100 g of leaves contain about 350 mg of α-linolenic acid (fatty acids belonging to the omega-3 group). Omega 3 type polyunsaturated fatty acids help reduce LDL cholesterol levels and triglycerides.
How to grow purslane
As stated, it is not difficult at all cultivate purslane. Hercultivationit is semolina and you can start from a plant collected in an uncultivated field or directly from seeds. In the case of seeds, avoid broadcast sowing but try to distribute a well-defined space to the purslane such as a planter or a large vase. It is a creeping plant so in case of cultivation of purslane in pots, make sure you get a large enough container.
If you do not know where to find the plant (if you have a friend with the vegetable garden, just show him the images on this page and he will certainly be able to uproot some plants for you to plant in a vase), you can take advantage of the online sale to the purchase of seeds. On “this Amazon page”, in fact, there is no shortage of proposals for edible purslane seeds.
Portulaca in the kitchen
Once, in the south and in particular in Naples, the binomialrocket and pucchiacchella grassit was a constant for framing meat dishes. Poor Neapolitan cuisine saw the use ofpurslanein potato salads enriched, if necessary, with anchovies and olives. In Roman cuisine, thepurslaneit integrated perfectly with the so-called mixed salad in the garden.
Therepurslaneit is a very versatile ingredient, it can be used to enrich omelettes, in fillings for ravioli, as an ingredient for soups and used raw to garnish fish and meat dishes. More information can be found in the articles:Portulaca in the kitchenisPortulaca, the recipes.
Portulaca oleracea as a weed
Unfortunately the purslane it can behave like a weed and damage vegetable gardens, fields, lawns, flower beds and gardens. If you have problems with the purslane oleracea in the lawn or in the vegetable garden, my guides on the treatments of the purslane as a pest.
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