We got more weeds in our share last week. These ones are called Purslane. The Spanish word for the plant is verdolagas, and I thought it would be fun to try an international dish, so I went ahead and made them in a traditional Mexican way.
I’ll admit, I had so much fun making these and serving them to the friends we invited over, I did a poor job taking photos, so I’ll include some from Flickr.
This is what purslane looks like in the wild:
Photo Credit: Lil Rose
In case you’re interested in growing your own, (or letting the existing live!) it thrives in dry conditions.¹
Additionally, the plant is super nutritious. It has more omega-3 fat than any other vegetable and at least 10 times higher levels of the antioxidant melatonin than most edible fruits or vegetables.²
This recipe is a combination of multiple recipes I found online. I certainly didn’t think it up myself, though I chose what I thought was the best combination of the different recipes I read.
1/4 large white onion, cut into 3-4 pieces
2 tomatillos, tops sliced off
1 serrano pepper, top sliced off
2 sprigs of garlic scapes or 3 cloves garlic, minced
3-4 cups purslane, washed and chopped*
Feta cheese (or any other crumbly cheese, though I wouldn’t recommend bleu)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Corn tortillas (Mine were gluten-free).
*I didn’t chop the leaves into small pieces, rahter, I cut the vines so that the verdolagas leaves remained mostly intact. I cut the vines to make somewhat large bite-sized pieces.
Put onion, tomatillos, serrano pepper, and garlic in a blender and blend until ingredients reach a salsa-like consistency. You may need to add a cup of water to help it blend. Set aside.
Boil purslane in water on low boil, on stovetop for 5-10 minutes. Drain.
Pour tomatillo mixture into a saute pan, add purslane, and sautee for about 5 more minutes, or until purslane is soft.
Add salt and pepper.
Serve mixture on corn tortillas, sprinkling a bit of cheese on top.
¹”Common purslane.” UC IPM Online. University of California. http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/PMG/WEEDS/purslane.html.
²Bowden, Jonny, Ph.D.”The 10 Best Foods You Aren’t Eating.” Men’s Health. http://www.menshealth.com/mhlists/best_healthy_foods/Purslane.php