- Low in calories, high in nutrition. With just 16 calories in a 100 gram serving, you get a wide array of vitamins, minerals and a healthy dose of fiber.
- Fresh leaves contain more omega-3 fatty acids (a-linolenic acid) than any other leafy vegetable plant. 100 grams of fresh purslane provides about 350 mg of alpha-linolenic acid.
- Purslane is a great source of Vitamin A. 100 grams of purslane provides 44% of RDA.
- Purslane is also a good source of vitamin C, and B-complex vitamins like riboflavin, niacin, pyridoxine and carotenoids.
- Purslane also contains dietary minerals, such as iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium, and manganese.
- Potent antioxidants, beta-cyanins and beta-xanthins are also present in purslane.
7 Ways to Use Purslane
- Add fresh chopped purslane to a salsa recipe (see recipe below)
- Pickle it - fill a jar with cleaned purslane leaves, add your favorite pickling spices and vinegar and let it sit for a few days before refrigerating.
- Add to scrambled eggs or an omelete
- Stir fry with other greens like spinach and swiss chard
- Add it to fresh green salads
- Add to soups and stews - try to add at the last minute to preserve nutrients.
- Juice it - added to a fresh green juice, you'll add a bit of extra nutrition.
1 cup chopped tomatoes
1/4 cup diced red onion
1/4 cup chopped purslane
1 large garlic clove, minced
Juice of 1/2 a lime
1-3 hot peppers, depending on your tolerance
salt to taste