Purslane is a bit of a mystery to me. It’s a weed, and it grows all over around here. But just the other day at Eastern Market I saw it for sale for a whopping $9 per pound. It’s edible and apparently very nutritious, high in Omega-3′s and vitamin C. It was billed as a salad green, but the stems are so thick that it seems like it would be better chopped up and stir-fried. The leaves themselves are small, but they’re thick, almost like the type of succulent ground cover you’d find in a desert environment.
Does anyone have suggestions about what to do with purslane? It’s the one weed in my garden that I’ve been allowing to keep growing, and just this week I decided there was enough to harvest. But now I’m not sure how to make the best use of it.