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Another little weed….

Another little weed….

Did you know…….that the little ‘weed’ found all over the place is actually a green, leafy vegetable that you can cook or eat raw? Yes…you…can…. ask me how I know J

It’s ‘legal’ name is Portulaca oleracea – or some call it pigweed, hogweed, fatweed or pulsey. I simply call it purselane and am thrilled when I find it. Of course, now I grow it in pots so it’s always handy. WHY you ask?

Let me explain:

It calls for less care than it’s sidekicks, spinach and lettuce and can survive in just about any soil and in any condition. Like that, I do. It also has a long history of use in traditional and alternative medicine and is really high in many nutrients. In just one small portion – 3.5oz – you will find this:

    • Vitamin A (from beta-carotene): 26% of the DV.
    • Vitamin C: 35% of the DV.
    • Magnesium: 17% of the DV.
    • Manganese: 15% of the DV.
    • Potassium: 14% of the DV.
    • Iron: 11% of the DV.
    • Calcium: 7% of the RDI.
    • Also – has B1, B2, B3 a bit of Folate, Copper & Phosphorus

Not only is this one of the most nutrient-dense little freebie weeds … in 3.5 oz you get an amazing amount of nutrients and only pay in 16 calories!

So, next time you take a walk around the back yard, or where ever, keep an eye out for this wonderful little God-given plant! One caution – make sure the area has NOT been sprayed!

Happy Hunting!

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