August 16, 2017

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Portulaca oleracea var sativa - Golden Purslane

Janine Pineo Photo | Portulaca oleracea var sativa – Golden Purslane

Portulaca oleracea var sativa - Golden Purslane - grows readily from seed in the spring

Janine Pineo Photo | Portulaca oleracea var sativa – Golden Purslane – grows readily from seed in the spring

Golden purslane is not your ordinary purslane. This upright version of Portulaca oleracea can reach about 18 inches in height on sturdy, edible stems. The large leaves are plentiful and succulent. Excellent for eating, the leaves are crunchy with a tangy flavor. The plant can be pinched back to a couple of inches in height and it will regrow easily. Common purslane is considered a weed in the United States, but in many cultures, it is used in salads and stir-fries, cooked like spinach or added to soups or stews. Golden purslane – P. oleracea var sativa – works equally well with its larger leaves and thicker stems. In addition, it is a good source of Omega 3. In all the years it has grown in the garden here at Garden Maine, it has never become invasive and usually has to be reseeded each spring.