Purslane has taken over many of our SPIN beds. The weather has been incredible, bouts of rain mixed with warm, sunny days. Of course, we love this combination and so do the plants. Plus, we do not have to irrigate. Unfortunately, the weeds love it too and they are growing like mad in a few of our beds. Purslane is actually an edible weed. You can buy seeds and grow it! We do not try to grow it. In fact, we do our best to avoid it, but it is relentless. If you do not pull it out fully, it regrows with vigor. If you leave a piece of it in the bed, that piece will spring to life on it’s own. Thankfully, we no longer till because that just chops up little bits of it and then you have a whole bed of the stuff. We have not embraced it, but looking at the picture below, I’m wondering if I should just start eating it. I tried it last year and it wasn’t too bad. It’s certainly prolific, so maybe this is the year of purslane?
If you have this growing in your yard or garden and want to learn more about how to use it, this site offers some great recipe ideas.