The following is from a piece on the “Rawmazing” website about Purslane. It was posted by Susan on July 14, 2011, but is still very relevant as we have had purslane at the Market (from Eden Farm) and lots of people wondering about it.
“On my latest trip to the farmer’s market, I stumbled upon this beautiful bunch of Purslane! This little green is a nutrition powerhouse! Full of omega 3s, one cup of purslane contains 400 mg of alpha-linolenic acid, and 2,000 IUs of vitamin A. It is also high in calcium and potassium.
It is a great addition to your raw food diet. Purslane has a bit of a mild sweet-sour taste. In Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Mexico, purslane is used frequently in recipes. Originating in India, it was said to be be Gandhi’s favorite food.”
Some suggestions I have seen are to chop it up and throw it in salads, add it to soup, or make a pesto out of it. I even saw that an elderly gentleman blogger used it in a blender drink everyday with other nutritional ingredients for health and longevity.