PURSLANE, BERDOLAGAS or VERDOLAGAS
Iranians, Egyptians, Turks and Mexicans AGREE! This is THE MOST DELICIOUS VEGETABLE that exists and the best for you. It has omega3 oils so you vegans can get ALL your vitamins in the Vegetable kingdom most importantly, linoleic acid or omega 3's that prevent disease. (NUTRITIONAL CONTENT)
PURSLANE is THE RAREST of foods and hardest to find as few markets have it. (Exception is Mexican mercados where sml bunch is 60c.) Costly. Second Problem is… the SEED IS so fine that it is DIFFICULT for farmers to grow by the acre, so they DON’T! It’s very Hard for adults with poor eyesight to HARVEST such fine seed. It’s smaller than SUGAR grains. Almost like FLOUR. one plant gives a quarter million seeds, so always shake your harvest onto paper and save. Or wash it in a big bowl, seed comes out into bottom of water. Pour thru a fine strainer which you then set in sun to dry.
ONLY IN EGYPT, where PATIENT MEN BUILT THE PYRAMIDS, would anyone be able to harvest the tiny, fine, rare, PURSLANE SEED. The address of actual seed vendors can be googled up, last one I found was in Cairo. But he wasn’t in the first hundred today when I googled. There are seed providers across USA and CANADA.
IT is called by many names, so get the name for that country
But DON’T WORRY; YOU PROBABLY have it growing in your garden, right now! if it's summer where you live. PURLSANE gets yanked and tossed, sadly. It’s considered a WEED by AMERICANS. Not in Mexico. My maids used to arrive Spring or Summer mornings with bags of it. Couldn’t figure what they were thinking ‘til I tasted it in tomato, onion, garlic sauce maybe with some eggs scrambled in.
The recipe that will make you crave to eat purslane is simple. MEXICAN STYLE PURSLANE (Berdolagas is its name down there.)
PARBOIL purslane for 1 min and drain. That means You Simmer PURSLANE a minute, if that. A minute will do..) SET ASIDE. In olive oil, sauté garlic, onion, tiny wisp of jalapeno, (An option is torn up stale corn tortillas) for thirty seconds, add a half dozen tomatoes cut into small pieces, cook for a minute more. (or use tomato sauce from cans.) When you have a red sauce, drop in a few beaten eggs, cilantro (canned beans are optional) when eggs solidify a bit, turn off the heat. Add the parboiled, drained purslane (a few cups boil down small so go for FOUR CUPS of the herb. Or weed. Stir or toss it around in the red sauce. Ready to eat. Stir, serve on basmati rice, with two organic, yellow corn tortillas per person. Mexican markets usually have terrific preservative-free tortilla brands. Unlike supers. LA DIANA brand in LA, very hard to find as factory has no email addie!
Can't find it growing wild? Then you can get free seed from me, or buy a package of this rare seed ONLINE elsewhere and grow this incredible vegetable Instructions for growing it yourself are: fine rake a seed bed, scatter seed very finely, keep damp for a week but not soaked. The seed is available for a dollar a package and another dollar for stamp costs via a scant few, online, SEED supply businesses.
But I KNOW that you can find wild growing PURSLANE in spring and summer. In my garden, in anybody's garden in the beds outside churches, supermarkets. The SUPER MARKET parking lot has mini gardens between each ROW of parking spaces. Plants are small as they are ill tended. I also use a few of my stems for ‘cuttings.’ I chop off inch or two long tops and root them easily in a flat in potting soil, in semi shade. And when plants spread out, the seed is IN THE TIPS but you cannot see it. Wash the plants, seed goes in water at bottom like fine poppy seeds, smaller than grains of salt and black like pepper. Pour water thru fine sieve.
If you walk your area, you'll find that on curbs, in cracks in the cement, purslane flourishes. My children were used to seeing me harvesting large plants as the roots were under the cement, cool… and say MOM, how POOR ARE we that you think we can eat that? Dogs PEE there! “
But I’d serve up this mound of tomato sauced greens that look like vegetable spaghetti, with hot corn tortillas (no preservaties,) and even they learned to love it. They just won’t pick it off curbs.
Now, if you search around in your hills and gardens and YOUR yard is somehow GROWING Purslane? LUCKY YOU. When you find a few 'weeding' up your jardin, pick off the last six inches several times during summer but let it flower again in places and collect the seed in late summer using a newspaper, shaking the branches onto it. The seed is fine as sugar. But most of summer, you'll just go out there and pick the top six inches of branches off leaving stems and roots, and some short branches for next week.
I once did a little flower planting in a neighbor's yard, my summer stock, my fave flower. I saw she had bundles of purslane. Many big plants. She had good soil. She asked me to throw them in the trash. She was ignorant but I was polite and said nothing and just did my friend a big favor, weeding her whole yard, pulling out all the purslane, by the roots, bagging it up, taking it home, half to PLANT immediately, as roots were intact, half to wash, collecting seed of course, drying seed in a fine strainer. The plants are bagged, fridged. It keeps well in the fridge.
Always be sure to de-seed the plants by rinsing in big bowl of water or shaking dry plants over a newspaper . Take that water in bottom of bowl and toss on a freshly raked, declodded garden spot. Keep soil plot damp for a week. It'll grow. I cut up envelopes from the mail, fill with seeds. I keep all kinds of seeds on a special seed desk in boxes, ready to give away. See ANITA’S SEED LIST, ALL FREE
MEXICAN RECIPES FOR PURSLANE or BERDOLAGAS or VERDOLAGAS (they prounounce B and V the SAME)
PURSLANE WITH CHEESE
VERDOLAGAS EN SALSA VERDE
COLD Verdolaga SALAD RECIPE:
STEAM, 1 min. Cool a bit. Serve with any fave dressing, garnish with stuff.
HOT PURSLANE IN TOMATO SAUCE TURKISH STYLE
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