Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Purslane

Pur-what? 

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.

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I added it to this salad, although it is hard to see, covered with the squash blossoms. 

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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. 

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To Do’s for Today:

swim laps

get Dr. appt. for Ava

pay bills

play date this afternoon with “the twins”

grocery store

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?

7 comments:

  1. I've never even heard of purslane! But I'll keep my eye out for it! It sounds very good!
    If you have any extra time in Minnesota you should let me know - I would LOVE to meet in real life!!

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  2. Never tried purslane either. Sounds interesting :)

    Have a great day!

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  3. AW!!! Mo--Ava is such a smartie! Book worm already :) that's amazing! I keep seeing squash blossoms at the Farmer's market but never knew what to do with them. This looks good to me!

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  4. Ohhh goodness. I typed up a whole comment and lost it! I was saying that I swear I've seen purslane on top chef or the like before, but never tried it, even though I see it at the farmer's market constantly.

    Have you ever been to Sens? Tried it recently when I was in Phoenix and loved it. I'll have to get your restaurant recco's for next time and even better, perhaps meet up in person.

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  5. I have never tried Purslane but am interested in trying it now. Never even heard of it before.

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  6. hi
    i am very familiar with purslane. it was one of the main weeds in our garden when i was a kid. unfortunately, all the spraying of lawns has eliminated many plants and flowers that just naturally sprouted up.
    donna

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  7. i've never heard of purslane either, but i love my greens so i'm sure i'd enjoy it! i had to smile at the picture of your daughter. when i was a kid, i LOVED books. always had a book in one hand, and a toothbrush in the other :)

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