I never had actually made this, but I had a big purslane plant crowding out my container dwarf blueberry bush, so I pulled it and made this. Left out the scallions but added 2 fresh picked garden tomatoes chopped in to it. It is yummy! (and the purslane is very nutritious!)rainbowgardener wrote:I didn't know it was edible! What a treat! So I looked up "purslane recipes" and found this:
From THE WILD VEGETARIAN COOKBOOK
Purslane makes this familiar dish seem ambrosial.
6 medium potatoes, sliced and cooked
2 cups purslane, chopped
4 scallions, sliced
1 celery stalk, sliced
1 cup mayonnaise
Mix together all ingredients. Serve chilled.
I have to try it!
Might.. theory says it would be expected to be a less rampant spreader and more in balance. I haven't been there or seen any one provide evidence of whether it actually works like that, but it makes sense. Less rampant spreader can mean there are insects/ diseases that keep it in check or other native plants that compete with it better, etc.garden5 wrote:Interesting discussion, everyone!
A thought that comes to my mind is if purslane is native to the orient and middle east, would we encounter pest problems if we tried to grow it there?
Thanks again Rainbow, I just placed these books on hold at the library:rainbowgardener wrote:Read Noah's Garden & Planting Noah's Garden by Sara Stein or Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants by Doug Tallamy for more on the natives vs invasives issue and how exotics function/ don't function in the environment.
Go back to page 1 of this thread, there's a good picture. Purslane is quite distinctive in looks and texture, with thick leaves a bit like a succulent. The point we have been making is, if that is what your garden is full of, consider yourself lucky and start eating it!cherishedtiger wrote:ok... I think this is whats growing in all my beds... never had it before, but this year I got a bag of steer manure to help the garden and since then my garden is full of this stuff... well this or the poisonous stuff. Either way I am constantly finding myself pulling it out of everywhere!!!