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Purslane - a wild food that could feed the world

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Purslane is considered a weed in the United States by most people. But it is also considered a culinary delight by more and more people and it is eaten in many countries around the world. It has a lot of great nutrients and it grows in almost any soil, any climate and it multiplies easily in many ways. Once established it's about as hard to get rid of as morning glory or dandelions, but given that we benefit from eating why would you want to get rid of it?
landscaping.about.com/cs/weedsdiseas
es/a/purslane.htm


We just tried this as a salad and it has as much bite as raw kale or cabbage but a very pleasant and relatively mild flavor.
Look for it in driveways and empty dirt lots. It succulent (fleshy) leaves remind a little of Jade plants.
Here is the nutrition data for it:
nutritiondata.self.com/facts/vegetab
les-and-vegetable-products/2604/2

  
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MJREIMERS 7/29/2014 8:10PM

    It sounds yummy. I just wish I could identify all the "good weeds." Although, most of my family members would not eat it. Although, my oldest daughter would! Thanks for the information!

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WOUBBIE 7/26/2014 2:05PM

    Hunh! I never knew what that was called, although, to be honest, I don't know what MOST of our "weeds" are called. As a kid I used to grow one of its fancier cousins, Portulaca Grandiflora, in a flowerbed next to our kitchen door. Who knew it was edible?!

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SHOTOKIDO 7/24/2014 11:13PM

  Very interesting!

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CHEBBA 7/24/2014 6:44PM

    Donkey's years ago I bought a wonderful paperback book called 'Hedgerow Cookery'. It didn't cost much but it is one of my favourite 'food' books. It's out of print now and the one copy I found for sale was astonishingly expensive! Purslane is featured in it along with loads and loads of other things; you would love it, it's 'right up your street'.

If you ever find this book and can afford it, it's a real gem. Purslane added to a breakfast savoury galette or pancake adds a bite and the satisfaction from using 'food for free' is wonderful.

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MISSM66 7/24/2014 5:35PM

    I haven't seen this here but I saw it in Greece that where I eat it in salad and I like it, can you get it to buy from the vegetable market? emoticon

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VEG954 7/24/2014 5:25PM

  Have used in salads without the family knowing that they were weeds.
They are tasty and peppery.

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1CRAZYDOG 7/24/2014 2:17PM

    Interesting!

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NOWYOUDIDIT 7/24/2014 12:39PM

    Very interesting! Thanks! emoticon

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SANDRALEET 7/24/2014 7:46AM

    Now your wild plants A lot can be eaten and can help us survive in hard times

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HAWKTHREE 7/24/2014 6:35AM

    Thanks for the food for thought!

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JSTETSER 7/24/2014 6:12AM

    I will look for it.
Interesting post!

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_RAMONA 7/24/2014 1:33AM

    THANK YOU! This sounds great.. I love foraging, LOL!

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MCFITZ2 7/24/2014 1:26AM

    Looked it up after starting your blog. I think I have pulled it out of my flower beds, but will take it to cooperative extension for identification before eating it. Just to be sure. emoticon

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ROXYCARIN 7/24/2014 12:45AM

  Interesting

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Free summit - growing your own food

Monday, July 07, 2014

It starts today and all you have to do is sign up and look at the videos every day.



growfoodsummit.com/

Birgit

  
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WOUBBIE 7/8/2014 11:47AM

    OK. I'll bite, though I hate farming about as much as I hate cooking, lol!

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SANDRALEET 7/8/2014 9:10AM

    I have been doing that for years

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JANET552 7/8/2014 6:23AM

    Thanks!

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NOWYOUDIDIT 7/8/2014 1:09AM

    Thanks! emoticon

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NOWYOUDIDIT 7/8/2014 1:08AM

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1CRAZYDOG 7/7/2014 10:34PM

    Thanks!

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Toxic apples?

Thursday, May 01, 2014

I eat apples very rarely because of the high sugar levels but at least make sure they are always organic.
Here is another reason:

www.slate.com/articles/video/video/2
014/04/u_s_apples_banned_in_europe_doe
s_diphenylamine_or_dpa_make_american_a
pples.html

  
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NOWYOUDIDIT 5/2/2014 8:17AM

    Thanks Birgit! emoticon

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SKATER787 5/1/2014 10:49PM

    My baseline glucose is high and the spike from food wasn't that great of which an apple is included with every meal. I think if I add more fat, that will lessen the spike more so I don't see the apple as an enemy, at least for myself.

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DJ4HEALTH 5/1/2014 8:25PM

    Our government just does not care if it causes cancer and other problems they just want the money and a way to kill us off. They keep letting the EPA keep toxins in and on our foods but stop foods that have been around for centuries and not harmful from getting to us. Soon they will stop us from growing our own food and make the big farms that are bad for you because there is no nutrients in them be our only source of food. They just want to control the people.

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SIEGRID 5/1/2014 7:18PM

    I live in Quebec, Canada and in apple country. We just go pick our own, no pesticides, they are banned here.

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1CRAZYDOG 5/1/2014 3:37PM

    Yes, that is one thing that IF I buy, it is organic.

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SANDRALEET 5/1/2014 1:49PM

    Money and looks more important then health

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PASTAFARIAN 5/1/2014 1:00PM

    As I understand this, DPA addresses browning of the skin (not the flesh). So is it sufficient to discard the peel? (Yes, I understand that it would be far preferable to buy apples without DPA!)

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 5/1/2014 12:55PM

    Thank you for posting this article.

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A great whale story

Thursday, May 01, 2014

I found this video on youtube and wanted to share it.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=tcXU7G6zhjU

  
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SANDRALEET 5/1/2014 7:51AM

    God gives us a chance to do much good

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DOVESEYES 5/1/2014 1:15AM

    Amazing what a wonderful joint effort- love the thankyou

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This could prevent GMO labeling forever - please spread the word

Monday, April 28, 2014

Regardless how exactly we feel about GMO's right now, if this bill passes we won't be able to change our minds later.
action.fooddemocracynow.org/sign/sto
p_Monsanto_and_Big_Foods_secret_plan_t
o_kill_GMO_labeling/?t=4&referring_aki
d=1207.278959.eyu3Uc


Birgit

  
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RONNIEHUEY 4/29/2014 11:54AM

    Thanks

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DJ4HEALTH 4/28/2014 8:58PM

    I do sign those and want to know what is in my food and if it is frankenfood too!! Will sign this one too. Thanks for the heads up

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DIDMIS 4/28/2014 7:49PM

    Too many things are changing that we don't like. emoticon

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WOUBBIE 4/28/2014 5:23PM

    Thanks for posting this, Birgit.

While it's ultimately everyone's own choice as to whether they want to eat GMO food or not, EVERYONE should at least be able to KNOW that they're making that choice.

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