4 posts tagged with “purslane”

  • Rhubarb for the lazy

    I got an email this week that will likely wind up in the best emails ever file.

    It was from a local chef asking if I was doing another purslane giveaway. He was worried he may have missed it. Only one other person has ever written asking for purslane rather than await my offer on Twitter, where, when I replied enthusiastically with unlimited offerings and regular deliveries to potential takers, I was stonewalled.

    My reply to the chef, though, was more tempered; one of good news and bad. He needn’t worry about missing purslane season. It was still far too early for there to be much of the succulent weed. Unfortunately, I’m no longer yardsharing, so I don’t have access to a plot of earth that was the most prolific producer of purslane I’d ever had the pleasure of working. Continue reading

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  • The Canadian Food Experience Project: Five garden weeds to put on your plate

    My garden is barely a postage stamp.

    Right now, it’s mostly a barren swath of soil, home to a clematis that keeps hitting the snooze button on the growing season and some early rising rhubarb that’s up but barely at ’em.

    I love it, though, for the gifts that it provides. Sure, I feel grateful when the herbs and vegetables I plant each year grow and thrive and reward me weeks and months later for what little effort I put into their upkeep.

    It’s the surprise gifts that I love more, though. The ones I don’t plant.

    The weeds.

    Yes, what other gardeners despise and work out the day’s frustrations by pulling, I take delight in letting grow. I don’t fret about these herbaceous squatters competing  with perennials who have seniority in my plot or annuals who lease prime real estate for a season. The reason is simple. Most of the weeds in my tiny plot are edible. They pack a health kick and more flavour than some of those invited guests we go to great lengths to make comfortable. I’m looking at you green leaf lettuce.

    Ever since the province imposed a cosmetic pesticide ban in 2008, lawns and gardens everywhere have become virtual salad bars. They’re filled with roots, leaves and blooms that had been all but banished from existence by those poison-carting tanker trucks  homeowners once hired to spray weeds into oblivion. And for that we should be grateful.

    Some food security advocates lobby for insect farming to feed the world. I say we should eat more weeds. They’re plentiful and effortless to grow, so why not take advantage of what’s on offer? Just forage for edible weeds where you know the ground isn’t contaminated (your backyard is a safe bet) and refer to a field guide to help you identify plants.

    Here are five common garden weeds that we should be putting on our plates instead of the compost heap:
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  • Weeding and Eating: The Great Purslane Giveaway returns

    My name is Tiffany and I am a weedaholic.

    There’s a reason for that, not the least of which is they taste good. But when you’re purslane, not only are you pleasing to the palette, you’re super healthy, so the benefits of dining on this garden gift are seemingly endless.

    It is the misunderstood superfood, often landing in the compost heaps of annoyed gardeners when it should be landing on dinner plates, given it has more omega-3 fatty acids than just about any other edible plant. These are fatty acids that are good for heart health.

    Antioxidants? Purslane is packed with them. Vitamin A to help keep you seeing clearly? Purslane has nearly every other leafy green vegetable beat.
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  • The Great Purslane Giveaway

    If you want to eat my purslane, I will gladly let you.

    Goji berries, açai, chia seeds, pomegranate — they’re all superfoods.

    Getting your fill of these latest buzzwords among the health food-eating masses may be super good for you but it can also be super expensive.

    But what if you had the chance to get your hands on a vegetable with more omega-3 fatty acids than fish and for free? One that was also packed with calcium, magnesium, potassium and beta-carotene?

    Well, now is your chance. I have a garden full of anti-oxidant rich purslane — that succulent weed that most people think is a pain in the butt when really, it’s a delicious, healthful wild food that I feel grateful for having in such abundance.

    Still, there are only so many of those tear drop leaves and juicy red stems that one person can eat. And I’m not one of those content to merely toss it on the compost heap to rid my garden of it and give my peppers more room to grow.

    So I’m giving it away to any curious, adventurous person or diehard purslane fan who wants it. OK, I realize to some, giving away free weeds may seem like the worst prize known to man but given the benefits of eating these plentiful pretties, I think there could be worse freebies. A box of Lucky Charms comes to mind. Or a David Hasselhof CD.

    Not yet convinced you want some purslane? It’s a hugely popular salad green in Turkey and other Mediterranean and Middle Eastern countries.

    My favourite use of purslane is in a salad choc full of it, parsley and tomatoes with a simple oil and vinegar dressing. Unlike regular leaf lettuce, purslane can hold its hold and doesn’t get limp or mushy.

    But purslane, ever the accommodating wild edible (except for when you’re trying to grow carrots in the same space it springs up), can even be pickled. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a simpler pickling how-to than one that calls for clean jars, cider vinegar and garlic to help extend the shelf life of this luscious green. But alas, there is one.

    Ready to give it a try now? If you live in Lincoln, St. Catharines, Thorold or Niagara-on-the-Lake, I will happily pick my purslane for you and deliver it to your door for you to enjoy.

    Just drop me a line at eatingniagara@gmail.com and my purslane is your purslane.

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