Portulaca oleracea or common purslane is a plant many people have often seen and mistaken for weed because its growth is successful in many environments. Its seed can survive for as long as 40 years and, although it’s widespread across the world, its origins are in Persia and India. The fact that it can appear anywhere makes it easy to believe it is nothing but a common weed, however, one that assumed so could not be further from the truth.
Numerous studies have shown this plant possesses more antioxidants than spinach, and it is well known that antioxidants improve the immunity system and help in treatment of many diseases, such as carcinoma, heart issues and memory loss. Purslane also contains Omega 3 fatty acids that lower the risk of Alzheimer’s, dementia, depression, asthma and cardiovascular issues.
The plant is also rich in vitamin A that prevents some types of carcinoma and improves eyesight.
However, purslane loses its nutritive value immediately after being picked up, so, if your garden is too small, you can choose to grow it as a house plant instead. Take an organic seed of common purslane and plant it in whatever suits you best, just make sure not to water it too much.
Medicinal purposes are not the only things in which this plant excels. In the Middle East, purslane is often used in the local cuisine, as an ingredient of many famous Mediterranean dishes. For example, you can stew it with some white and black onion and tomato or prepare a healthy salad with some olive oil and lemon juice. You can also put it in your daily juices and smoothies since it’s perfectly healthy. Now that you are acquainted with the numerous benefits of common purslane, next time you see it, don’t hesitate to collect it.