Eat your weeds: Purslane

Purslane (Portulaca oleracea) can be seen as an annoying weed, but for those in the know, it is an abundant source of valuable vitamins and nutrients and is a tasty food source. Also known as pigweed (not to be confused with pigface, Carpobrotus rossii), it is a vigorous annual plant that grows like a ground cover and can be eaten raw or cooked. Highly revered in Mediterranean and Eastern cuisines, it is almost unknown to the Australian palate.

Where To Find It

Purslane has adapted to a variety of climates, from arid to tropical, temperate and Mediterranean. It’s a succulent and can survive the extremes of seasonal monsoons and monthlong droughts.

It can be found in most parts of Australia and all over the world. It pops up in summertime where there is bare soil and it grows extremely well under any condition (sun or shade, rich or poor soil, watered or not).