HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Topics » Recreation » Gardening (Group) » Speaking of weeds....
Introducing Discussionist: A new forum by the creators of DU

Sun Mar 25, 2012, 12:17 AM

Speaking of weeds....

Have any of you grown or eaten "little hogweed," also known as purslane? It's considered a weed in the U.S., but is widely used in companion planting and in the kitchen in other parts of the world. I also think it's rather pretty.

I have a special interest in growing common edible weeds in my container garden, along with the more usual food crops. Anticipating extreme conditions from climate change, along with the potential for famine and other disasters, it would be nice to know what weeds are edible and how to use them.

If you've eaten it and/or grown it, I'm very interested in your experience.

13 replies, 1593 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 13 replies Author Time Post
Reply Speaking of weeds.... (Original post)
silverweb Mar 2012 OP
Vanje Mar 2012 #1
silverweb Mar 2012 #2
NEOhiodemocrat Mar 2012 #3
silverweb Mar 2012 #4
Curmudgeoness Mar 2012 #5
Vanje Mar 2012 #6
Curmudgeoness Mar 2012 #7
Vanje Mar 2012 #8
NEOhiodemocrat Mar 2012 #9
Curmudgeoness Mar 2012 #10
NEOhiodemocrat Mar 2012 #11
Curmudgeoness Mar 2012 #12
JDPriestly Apr 2012 #13

Response to silverweb (Original post)

Sun Mar 25, 2012, 12:25 AM

1. Yes.

Purslane is delicious.

Around here (SW Idaho) there's no reason to grow it. It is available and abundant growing naturalized in sandy soil.

Its featured in authentic Mexican cuisine.


http://www.plant.photos.net/index.php?title=Purslane

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Vanje (Reply #1)

Sun Mar 25, 2012, 12:28 AM

2. Excellent!

There's virtually no dirt in the city where I live and my "garden" is a fenced-in, paved driveway, so everything is in containers.

I'll have to investigate its use in Mexican food! Thanks!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to silverweb (Original post)

Sun Mar 25, 2012, 09:25 AM

3. Impossible not to grow :)

Didn't eat it until a friend's son-in-law from Guatamala came to see my garden and was excited to see it growing there. He said his mother used it all the tiime back home while he was growing up. Sometimes we weed out some of the best foods growing in our garden spaces. Give it a try, it is a common food in Guatamala, so won't hurt you to see if you like it. Good thing you container garden thought, as it grows like a weed!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to NEOhiodemocrat (Reply #3)

Sun Mar 25, 2012, 01:56 PM

4. Good!

This is why I'm interested in edible weeds. If "regular" crops failed or became prohibitively expensive for any reason, cultivating weeds for food would be an important backup.

I've read that golden purslane is the tastiest and that it's sweeter if harvested in the afternoon, so that's where I'm headed.

Thanks!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to NEOhiodemocrat (Reply #3)

Sun Mar 25, 2012, 01:59 PM

5. Can you tell me how it is eaten?

Is it cooked? If so, how? Is it used at a minor ingredient in foods, or as the main serving? Purslane is growing from every crack and crevice around here.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Curmudgeoness (Reply #5)

Sun Mar 25, 2012, 02:27 PM

6. Heres a link to recipes

http://www.prairielandcsa.org/recipes/purslane.html

Mexican pork and purslane is divine!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Vanje (Reply #6)

Sun Mar 25, 2012, 02:29 PM

7. Yum, sounds good. Thanks. nt

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Curmudgeoness (Reply #7)

Sun Mar 25, 2012, 03:27 PM

8. You're going to enjoy it! nt

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Curmudgeoness (Reply #5)

Sun Mar 25, 2012, 08:09 PM

9. I see someone beat me with a link for receipts!

I basically use it as a spinach substitute. Now I am going to try some of the receipts in the link. Hope you enjoy it. It is a good spinach supbstite and easier to grow (just keep it beat back so it doesn't take over!)

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to NEOhiodemocrat (Reply #9)

Sun Mar 25, 2012, 08:19 PM

10. Oh, I don't have to grow it...

or plan to grow it. It is a perennial pest for me---I will have plenty without any effort at all.

I love this kind of gardening!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Curmudgeoness (Reply #10)

Mon Mar 26, 2012, 08:26 AM

11. I do also!

Let me know if you find any other intersting "weeds". We used to eat the poke (spelling?) that grew out by our garage at our first house. Neighbors thought we were strange

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to NEOhiodemocrat (Reply #11)

Mon Mar 26, 2012, 07:08 PM

12. Well, there is always the lowly dandelion.

Don't forget about it, especially right now, before they flower---the leaves are not bitter when they are new, but can be nasty if they are old. But if you are starving, even bitter will not hurt you. And you can eat the flowers too, but remove the stem and calyx. I mix half and half leaf lettuce and young dandelion greens for salads.

Also, garlic mustard. And lamb's quarters.

Except for wild mushrooms, these are probably the only ones I use.

There are a number of edible plants and flowers (the flowers are so pretty in salads). And of course, the internet has make it so much easier for us to find them and recipes. Yum.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to silverweb (Original post)

Sun Apr 1, 2012, 04:42 AM

13. I'm not sure, but I think I have some.

Actually, I have two similar plants. One has thick leaves like a succulent. The other is a weed that grows along the ground. Both have pink flowers.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread