Mistaken For Weed: It’s Actually A Grass And Its Effects Are Almost Magical.

Purslane (portulaca oleracea) is a herbaceous plant with small oval leaves, light green and shiny. Drums, a deep brown-purple colour that are also fleshy, branch out and grow, “crawling” on the ground uncontrollably. It is a plant that grows in the wild and is very common in all countries that have a warm-temperature climate. Likely of Asian origin, it is been known and used for its healing properties since ancient times. In Italy, it grows everywhere and is even considered more of an annoying weed than for what it actually is: a valuable natural resource of omega-3, vitamin and minerals.
Its extravagant name dates back to Linnaeus, the father of modern scientific classification of living organisms. “Portula", Latin for "small door", refers to the way in which the seed opens in June to bloom the small yellow flowers that make it stand out.
“Oleracea”, from the Latin adjective meaning "cultivated", comes from the fact it is a succulent plant that has always been used in and added to food. It also has a variety of slang names throughout various regions across the world: Procures (Liguria), Sedum (Lombardy), Porcacchia (Marche and Abruzzo) and many other fun names. There are many culinary uses and medicinal properties of this herb and we cover them both:

Nutritional Benefits

As a medicinal herb, purslane is used mainly as a source of omega-3, which are universally recognized for their effectiveness in cardiovascular health as way to help regulate the balance between good cholesterol and bad cholesterol, as well as aiding in the improvement of blood circulation. 100 g of purslane, for example, contains about 350 mg of linileic acid, rich in omega-3.

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