Today’s bounty from the allotment consisted of tomatoes, green pepper, basil and purslane.
Dan describes it as a bit like watercress, though the leaves are more succulent. It doesn’t have a very distinct taste but makes a nice addition to a salad. I can imagine putting it in a sandwich too.
And that’s not all. A quick google search of ‘purslane properties’ identified it as a therapeutic herb and revealed a wealth of benefits. According tolivestrong.com it is one of the most abundant vegetable sources of of omega-3 fatty acids which are thought by many doctors and nutritionists to reduce inflammation, help prevent chronic disease, lower levels of harmful LDL cholesterol, and enhance cognitive function. Not bad for a leggy little plant that is often treated like a weed.
I saw Miko again this evening. She offered us a loaf of her homemade multigrain sourdough bread. I gave her some of my tomatoes in return. We both were very pleased with our trade.
live. enjoy. repeat.