Purslane

Hi Everyone,

Today's discussion is a follow-on of

the last discussion on Rabbit Meat. So today we are looking

at Purslane as a companion plant. How is that? Well, one of

the main benefits of both Rabbit Meat and Purslane is the

Omega-3 Essential Fatty Acid and a relationship to the Omega

6 Essential Fatty Acid. For the most part, we get our Omega

3 from fish or Ocean related products. Some people have an

issue with this and those issues stem from an aversion to

eating meat or any animal product for that matter. While

others are allergic to some of these products, mainly

because of the GMO aspect. While others still have an

aversion to consuming some sources of oil or products from

the ocean due to environmental issues and personal belief

systems. My position is not to argue or enlighten in any

shape or form about the rights or wrongs of these beliefs or

other issues. I am simply presenting an option for people to

obtain a source of Omega 3 from a land and plant source. So

from here, with the motivation qualified, we move on.

Purslane is a plant that typically

grows in disturbed soil conditions. Yes, many of you have

seen this plant growing up through cracks in the sidewalks

and even out in cultivated fields. Generally, most farmers

consider this a weed, as do homeowners. When they see it,

out comes the chemicals to kill it. Why do people kill weeds

and focus on plants of lesser nutritional value? I haven't

yet found the answer to that one yet. However, maybe it is

because of pride, too proud to be like and eat what poor

people eat. Why am I so hard on people like this? It is

because, from all appearances, weeds are perhaps not weeds,

but just a hindrance to plants of lesser value. It puts a

dent in the plants that produce a huge amount of volume, but

little nutritional value. After all, our economic construct

is built around volume and not value.

I know you are still lost as to what

Rabbit Meat has to do with Purslane. Well, it is about the

nutritional values, mainly Omega 3 fatty acid. Well, plus

many more high-value minerals and vitamins. We will touch on

these as we learn more about Purslane. There are many, many

varieties/cultivars of Purslane. So with this discussion, we

will try to keep it, Purslane, in general, and use the

typical one(s) as the example. Of course, many factors come

into play in determining the values, such as soil fertility

or a lack thereof. But most varieties/cultivars of Purslane

will be very close in the values that we will cover.

Purslane has green succulent,

spoon-shaped leaves. If you are familiar with the

houseplant, Jade, you will have a good visual as to the

appearance of the leaves. The stem is rather thick and

reddish in color. The stem can at times be found to measure

up to 12 inches long and grows out o the center stem of the

plant. Usually, it is a "ground hugging" plant, growing

horizontal rather than vertical. As a general rule, in

mid-summer, the Purslane plant will develop yellow flowers

about the size of a dime. They usually only open up in full

mid-day sunlight. Then in about ten days,+/- of a few days

the flowers mature, the seed capsule is full of very small

dark seeds. A healthy Purslane plant will typically produce

upwards of 200,000 seeds. Those seeds can remain viable for

upwards of 30 years, rather they are stored in a seed

storage situation or stored deep in the soil. ie, plowed

under. The good thing about this plant is that the stem,

leaves, and flower are all edible. Since we are discussing

the edible factor, we must include a caution here. A plant

that is named or referred to as Hairy-Stemmed Spurge, has an

appearance closely resembling the Purslane plant. However,

that plant has hairy stems and milky-like sap. So Purslane

has no hair like stems and clear sap. Hairy Stemmed Spurge

has milk-like sap and hairy stems. One should not confuse

the two as the Hairy Spurge is poisonous and Purslane is not

poisonous.

Purslane contains many vitamins and

minerals not found in very many plants. For example,

Purslane contains a high amount of CO-Q10. CO-Q10 is used in

every single cell and typically supplies the cells with

energy. This CO-Q10 is believed to be vital for heart

function. In fact, Purslane, historically, has been used to

treat heart disease. Purslane also contains high amounts of

Melatonin. In many tests, the scientists claim that Purslane

can contain as much as 10 to 20 times more Melatonin than

any other plant. Of course, Melatonin is a hormone and is

primarily responsible for regulating and moderating the

body's sleep cycle and the body clock. Melatonin also plays

a minor role with Vitamin A and the B complex of vitamins to

regulate the nervous system and is involved with the

metabolism of carbohydrates. Then we come back to the Omega

3 fatty acid along with the previously mentioned vitamins

and hormones to prevent heart attacks and enriching the

function of the immune system. Purslane is the richest plant

source for the Omega 2 fatty acids and contains more Omega 3

than does any of the ocean-sourced/animal sources for Omega

3. In fact, it contains about 8+ mg of Omega 3 for every

gram of weight of the plant. That translates into 400 mg of

Omega 3 for every 100 grams of Purslane. The leaves also top

the list of plants that are high in Vitamin E and

Beta-carotene. It contains more than 7 times as much

Beta-carotene than does Carrots and 6 times as much Vitamin

E as does Spinach. In fact, cooked Spinach tastes a lot like

Purslane with Purslane keeping its texture better than does

Spinach. Purslane also contains many anti-oxidants and with

those being higher than in other plants. I also found that

Purslane also contains the mineral Lithium. That was a

mineral that we recently covered in the E-Lectures. Not very

many plants contain Lithium and at noteworthy levels that

Purslane does. Another note is that Purslane is indicated

for just about every Organ, Body System and everything

between as it applies to the biological entity.

So here is why I mention this list of

attributes about Purslane. The Rabbit Meat connection.

Purslane is one of the wonder herbs that you can use as a

shot-gun approach to most any ailment the body is indicating

for and the plant will likely help in a remarkable way. When

it comes to Rabbit Meat, although not as good as Purslane,

it is one of the best meats for most nutritional needs of

the human body. Since I mentioned that we can function just

fine without the use of meat, not very many people

understand the concept. I know of a lot of Vegetarians and

Vegans that haven't a clue. So they use lesser forms of

supplies of their nutrients and end up just like the meat

eaters, nutritionally deficient in many elements. The main

element here being Omega 3 fatty acid. The problem is most

people here with Omega 3 is that the balance is totally out

of whack. Ideally, you would want to have a 1 to 1 ratio of

Omega 3 and Omega 6. But most people have a 1 to 6 or even

more. Some people even have upwards of 1 to 20 something,

which is a major imbalance. If you were that far off balance

in attempting to ride a bicycle, you would crash/tip over

before you even got on the seat and face plant big time on

the ground. Then we wonder why we have issues like mental

disorders, heart issues, diabetes, and inflammation.

There are several recipes out there on

how to use Purslane in quite a number of dishes. Some people

claim that Purslane pickles are just the best of the best

pickles. Also, some have observed that some Purslane can be

mucilaginous, but nothin gon the level of Okra. Purslane can

be cooked or eaten raw. Of course one would find more

nutrition with the raw form than with the cooked form, but

as long as you didn't cook it to death, you would find some

value from it. Purslane is a lot like rabbits, grows fast, a

nutritional powerhouse and is not considered a "COOL" "HIP"

type of food, at least here in the US. But then again, we

are becoming one of the sickest societies the world over.

Many other countries eat "weeds", which Purslane is

considered to be a weed in the US and we are where we are

at. What more can be said?

Maybe when you plan your garden for

this upcoming year, perhaps Purslane might be considered. It

would work good planting it in a container. It also is an

excellent plant for loosing up hard soil in the garden or

the field. So with that, I hope you have found this to be

worth your time to read. Thank you for your interest and

support.

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Kent's KornerCorey Propp