Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Purslane gone wild

Purslane with beautiful flowers
This plant is trying to crowd out most of the succulents so I cut half of it off the plant and thought well looks like a good time to eat some purslane. A couple times I thought surely all the varieties are edible right? That was 2 weeks ago and no ill effects so should be ok. I added some to a Butternut squash soup when it called for peas I didn't have. I also made a purslane pesto. Yum.
I had no idea it was edible til it came in a CSA order. I thought wow this looks a lot like a weed in my garden.  Funny thing, I then tried to save the purslane that sprouted up but transplant it all to one corner. Didn't live after transplant. How can a weed/plant so able to live in a crack in sidewalk fail when I moved it? Too good of soil I guess. Because it sure thrived in the rock garden.
From another blog I found this on purslane that was quite reassuring:
Serenity in the Garden: The Magnificent Purslane - Edible Landscaping at i...: What was one of Mahatma Gandhi's favorite foods? and what did Henry Thoreau eat while residing at Walden Pond? PURSLANE . Purslane, lo...

Thoreau wrote of Purslane:

"I have made a satisfactory dinner off a dish of purslane which I gathered and boiled. Yet men have come to such a pass that they frequently starve, not from want of necessaries, but for want of luxuries."

IF IT'S GOOD ENOUGH FOR Mahatma Gandhi and Henry Thoreau it's good enough for me!

Bonnie meet Brussell, Brussell Bonnie

Here's the picture I was talking about....

Rylie and Brussell, the sprout.
But as you know this year they'll be PURPLE!!!!!

If it's not raining in am, I'll post a new picture of them.

Very Early Frost after very early spring!

Well we dropped to freezing every night this past weekend and I covered or brought in most of it but missed the basil which now looks bad.