I had read about purslane in a foodie magazine awhile back, so when I saw it at the Farmer’s Market in La Jolla, I was excited to try it. Purslane comes from India, where it was a food crop centuries ago. It was Gandhi's favorite food. Now it also grows across America, and around the world. It also just happens to contain alpha-linolenic acid, one of the highly sought-after Omega-3 fatty acids. Supposedly, it grows like a weed, and is nicknamed “edible landscape.” Gosh, I wonder if it would survive the Arizona 114 degree heat we’re having?
This edible landscape can be eaten raw in salads, or sauteed and cooked into a side dish. To me, it had a somewhat citrus flavor, with a lingering of slight pepper. (Not as peppery as arugula though.) I LOVED it!
Here is what it looked like after washing and spinning.
I added it to this salad, although it is hard to see, covered with the squash blossoms.
I can’t wait to see if I can find it in Arizona, or next month when I’m in Minnesota. I’m obsessed with this stuff.
I’ll leave with a picture of Ava reading one of her books. She has been such a little bookworm lately.
To Do’s for Today:
get Dr. appt. for Ava
play date this afternoon with “the twins”
Off to go accomplish more of our list…
Have you ever tried purslane? What is a new –to-you food that you’ve tried recently?