purslane

noun
purs·​lane | \ˈpər-slən, -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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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 Notoriously difficult to kill as a weed, purslane is probably better suited to your dinner plate anyway. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "8 Backyard Weeds You Can Actually Eat," 3 Apr. 2017 Moss roses and purslane are low-growing plants that also are drought tolerant and work well in containers in full sun. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "What to plant now for serious garden color," 30 Mar. 2018 In the sun use zinnias, cosmos, vinca, moss rose and purslane. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, "What to plant now for serious garden color," 30 Mar. 2018 Wild greens such as dandelion, purslane, plantain, and lamb’s ear grow like crazy in our backyard. Sean Sherman, Bon Appetit, "This Healthy Diet Has Stood the Test of Time," 18 Oct. 2017 There’s a recipe in there for verdolaga, purslane salad. Amy Scattergood, latimes.com, "Talking to Chris Bianco about pizza, why he finally decided to write a cookbook, and coming to L.A.," 8 Aug. 2017

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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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