Purslane

Purslane (Portulaca oleracea) , also known as common purslane, verdolaga, little hogweed, red root, pursley, is scientifically classified as Kingdom: Plantae (unranked): Angiosperms (unranked): Eudicots (unranked): Core eudicots Order: Caryophyllales Family: Portulacaceae Genus: Portulaca Species: P. oleracea.

Although purslane is considered a weed in the United States, it may be eaten as a leaf vegetable. It has a slightly sour and salty taste and is eaten throughout much of Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Mexico. The stems, leaves and flower buds are all edible. Purslane may be used fresh as a salad, stir-fried, or cooked as spinach is, and because of its mucilaginous quality it also is suitable for soups and stews.

Health Benefits

Very low in calories (just 16 kcal/100g) and fats; nonetheless, it is rich in dietary fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Fresh leaves contain surprisingly more omega-3 fatty acids (_-linolenic acid) than any other leafy vegetable plant. It is an excellent source of Vitamin-A, (1320 IU/100 g, provides 44% of RDA) one of the highest among green leafy vegetables. Vitamin-A is a known powerful natural antioxidant and an essential vitamin for vision.


Nutrient Facts

Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy   84kj
Dietary fiber   N/A
Carbohydrates   3.39g
Sugars   N/A
Fat   0.36g
Protein   2.03g
Minerals    
Calcium 7% 65mg
Copper 0%  0mg
Iron 15% 1.99mg
Magnesium 19% 68mg
Manganese 14% 0.303mg
Phosphorus 6% 44mg
Potassium 11% 494mg
Sodium 0%  0mg
Zinc 2%  0.17mg
Vitamins    
Vitamin A IU % 1320mg
Vitamin A equivalent 0% 0mg
Beta-Carotene 0% 0mg
B1 - Thiamine 4% 0.047mg
B2 - Riboflavin 9% 0.112mg
B3 - Niacin 3% 0.48mg
B5 - Pantothenic acid 0% 0mg
B6 - Vitamin 6% 0.073mg
B9 - Folate 3% 12mg
Vitamin C 25% 21mg
Vitamin E 365% 55mg
Vitamin K 0% 0mg
Choline 0% 0mg
Betaine   0mg
Other constituents    
Water   92.86
Fluoride   0

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Roots

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