PURSLANE …is a pretty little succulent groundcover, with a red radial stem and green leaves. One of the most overlooked of all plants, it’s ability to grow just about anywhere (including between bricks) gives the impression that it is a pesky weed. But that’s just a figment of our cultural collective – look a little closer and you will uncover purslane’s stance as a nutritious vegetable. Surprisingly, purslane remedies the Western diet which is deficient in omega-3 + omega-6 fatty acids (a condition which often leads to cardiovascular & other potentially mortal diseases, including cancer) & contains eight times the α-linolenic acid of cultivated vegetables (including spinach & lettuce) . It has been found to be neuroprotective, anti-microbial, anti-diabetic, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcerogenic & anti-cancer . And by the way, it also displays anti-fungal properties ! It is delicious year-round & thus commonly found on the ingredients list of tropical Asian & Mediterranean soups & salads. So next time you step on this pretty little thing, reach down and pluck it’s gifts – it might taste better than you think, but even more importantly – it might just save your life! Image: .
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