PURSLANE - The Incredible, Edible 'Weed'
What was one of Mahatma Gandhi's favorite foods? What did Henry Thoreau eat while residing at Walden Pond? PURSLANE . Purslane, long considered an obnoxious weed in the U.S., is, in fact, full of vitamins, minerals and fatty acids! And now this overlooked gem, 'one of the most nutritious greens in the world', is receiving the attention it is due. Usha Palaniswamy of the Department of Plant Science, University of Connecticut, reports that, "Purslane is receiving much attention for cultivation by the United States Department of Agriculture as part of their effort to bring about a modification in the western diet with increased intake of fresh fruits and vegetables." Purslane contains a high concentration of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), one of the highly sought-after Omega-3 fatty acids. It has several times the concentration of ALA than is found in spinach. So throw away those fish oil capsules and grow your own Omega-3 fatty a