‘Cooking Together’: Purslane, an Amazing Edible Weed

Richmond Review/Sunset Beacon

Cooked with Green Salsa, Butternut Squash and Potatoes

By Shanta Nimbark Sacharoff

I was thrilled to rediscover purslane at a small market in the Sunset that carries ethnic food items. I had also witnessed these leafy greens sold in outdoor markets in Mexico. Apparently, purslane grows wild almost everywhere in the world as it does not need much care or a good soil.

Photos by Shanta Nimbark Sacharoff.

Historical evidence show that purslane has been consumed by the ancient Greeks and Romans for at least 2000 years. Due to its high nutritional contents, purslane was used medicinally in the ancient China and India.However, this humble, healthy weed is hard to find in American supermarkets. Purslane is easy to find in the wild. But foragers should be careful; it may be sprayed with harmful herbicides as it is considered an invasive “weed” by gardeners. In San Francisco, you can buy purslane…

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