purs·​lane | \ ˈpər-slən How to pronounce purslane (audio) , -ˌslān\

Definition of purslane

: any of a family (Portulacaceae, the purslane family) of cosmopolitan usually succulent herbs especially : a fleshy-leaved trailing plant (Portulaca oleracea) with tiny yellow flowers that is a common troublesome weed but is sometimes eaten as a potherb or in salads

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The chefs at Lazy Bear are more transparent about the work behind their halibut bouillon, which was poured tableside over an arrangement of winter purslane leaves and other wild greens during a May dinner. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "In fine dining, soup is the ultimate humblebrag," 2 Sep. 2019 Just before serving, add to the mixing bowl the purslane, pita chips, parsley, mint and green onion. Wolfgang Puck, Twin Cities, "Wolfgang Puck: Middle Eastern fare is perfect for your summer table," 7 Aug. 2019 In addition to zinnias, use moss roses, purslane, celosia and vinca in the full sun. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "How to control weeds in your summer lawn and garden," 28 June 2019 Use moss roses and/or purslane for containers such as hanging baskets in full sun. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "More great plants for color in your San Antonio summer garden," 14 June 2019 Upon arrival, chef Katie Gilligan, one of Guevara's protégés, served us a lunch of heirloom tomato gazpacho and butter lettuce with walnut cream, rose-radish sprouts, squash, and marinated purslane and gave us a brief nutrition lecture. Alex Kuczynski, Town & Country, "How GroundSea Fitness Is Bringing West-Coast Wellness Trends Back to the Berkshires," 17 Oct. 2016 Many food cultures, including those of Crete and Uzbekistan, embrace purslane as a nutritious staple. Ashleigh Spitza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Purslane may be growing in your lawn; for better health, put it in your diet," 10 July 2018 Of all the edible leafy green invaders, purslane is one of the most palatable and nutritious. Ashleigh Spitza, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Purslane may be growing in your lawn; for better health, put it in your diet," 10 July 2018 Scatter the cubed cheese and purslane over the top. Sarah Fritsche, SFChronicle.com, "Recipe: Kokkari’s Greek Tomato Salad With Peaches," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of purslane

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for purslane

Middle English, from Anglo-French porsulaigne, from Late Latin porcillagin-, porcillago, alteration of Latin porcillaca, alteration of portulaca

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