Edible Weeds Purslane

Come watch me dance around one of my favorite edible weeds……..

I hope you can find purslane growing near you, if not, I have a couple of resources where you can get some seeds. You want to get this one growing!

Sometimes seen as a pesky weed, this nutrient dense weed is nothing less than a super food!

Let me tell you about all the delicious ways that I eat purslane

Where to Get Purslane Seeds


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Cindy Machida

Thank you Kami for the awesome videos. Truly inspires me! I have not made myself, but I have had purslane sweet relish! It was crunchy and delicious! 💜Cindy


Wonderful and inspiring video. I’ve got a lot of weeds in my yard. I’m going to look for Purslane and a reason to dance! Great video; i passed it on. thank you.

Maureen Phillips

First, Kamie you look fantastic. Thank you for that video. I will look for purslane. It sounds terrific. I haven’t had any but will soon after that video. It sounds great . I will put it in scrambed eggs in the morning. Take care. I hope all is going well with you.

Jill, The Veggie Queen
I love purslane but perhaps not as much as you do. I don’t dance when I find it but I am plenty happy. I just added purslane to a big Greek-ish salad that I made for 30 people. It was the special addition as they eat a lot of edible weedy greens in Greece from what i hear. I also like to just munch on purslane, as you do, or add it to Middle Eastern salads. I had it in my garden and pulled it out many years ago. I had hoped that it would come back once I realized… Read more »

Baba always told us to be careful weeding out purslane. any part of the stem can reroot. perhaps you can try to put some store bought some in a pot with soil and lightly cover…. it may grow.

Sama Morningstar
Hi Kami, So delightful to see your video here. I took your Herbal Medicine Woman course 17 or 18 years ago and am having a big herbal renaissance in my life as I look forward to menopause and step more fully into my life’s work. You might remember me as Jessica Todd. I love your video, especially your infectious enthusiasm and passion for herbal nutrition. In regards to purslane, I had a whole bunch in a garden I was tending at one point and tried to juice it. This produced a slime that I am sure was very nutritious but… Read more »

Thank you so much!! I’ve heard of Purslane but never knew what it looked like … your video was a great help! I immediately went outside to see if we have any and … sure enough … we do. In fact, I’m creating a new rockery and saw what I now know is Purslane and thought it would be a fabulous ground cover. So I actually transplanted some to my garden. What could be better … it looks nice, holds the soil in place, and I can eat it! Total win/win! Thanks, again!


Hi Kami!
Your video was so much fun!

I just bought some purslane at our farmers market last weekend. Last night I put it in a salad with buckwheat micro greens, arugula, parsley, cilantro,basil and mint. Tossed it with some lemon juice and olive oil and topped it off with chopped almonds sautéed in a good bit of grass fed butter–YUM!


Thank you for the information and inspiration. I was putting purslane in green smoothies, but now I see so many great options. Your fun video is a wonderful way to demystify and garner the courage to try new [weeds]!


You are fun! Love your spirit and your fun way of sharing. I never knew all the amazing qualities of this plant. Thanks for the resources and awesome herbal wisdom. Next time I dance in the garden I will think of you!!

Maria Francisca Vick

Thank you soo much for your wonderful videos and education. Purslane ha…. Who would have thought 🙂

Hello- my Hispanic mother (and her mother and sisters ,), have been using vedulagas aka Purslane for years!! I love it!! They would spend hours picking it and cleaning it … Then cooking it. They would take massive amounts and sautée the vedulagas , that’s what they called purslane , with onion and a little garlic and their homemade hot sauce. It would cook down like spinach . We would put it in homemade tortillas . Yummy!! One of my favorite dishes my mom makes in the summer. We even freeze the cooked fish so we can have it in… Read more »

I live in CO and will try this recipe. I usually nibble on it while in the garden.


Oops, meant dish not fish. 😊❤️

Ha! Just had a FB friend complain about how in the heck people can get behind purslane…lol I LOVE IT! I sell at farmers market here in Northern California, and it grows in the gutters where our market is held! It is a pesky and tough little bugger and I am so glad for it!!! So many people don’t know how wonderful it really is! I like it raw, and have never tried it any other way, but now that you have given me ideas, well I will do it your way too! Thank you for your awesome self!!! You… Read more »
Lori Rupp-Reagle

I just found some purslane that came up in a couple of my potted plants of the porch! SCORE!! I was so excited I did a little dance too! I’ve since transplanted it all into its own pot and it’s growing nicely. Very excited to eat some and learn how to prepare it. Thank you for your great videos Kami!

Bryan Kyler

I prefer mine plain and raw. I think it tastes like lettuce

Hi Kami! Glad to see I’m not the only “weirdo” (that’s what some family members call me anyway, the rest thinks I’m the “tea-witch”) around who gets exited about persistent super-foods in the garden. Some years back I wasn’t as well informed as I am now and went on a purslane-eradicating-quest, to no avail, thankfully. This year, it has come back and growing like crazy. Besides the uses you mentioned, I also incorporate it into smoothies. I doesn’t change the flavor noticeably, but it sure increases nutrition! And that way I don’t get to hear the nagging regarding weeds in… Read more »
Julie Beal

We have a garden FULL of purslane this summer! My husband likes to eat it raw, as a snack, I like it cooked into a stir fry or in soups, and we tried pickling it this summer and it was REALLY good! I’m looking forward to trying it in eggs, now, and next summer I will take much more advantage of the “weed” my garden volunteers to grow for me! 🙂

Brandon Helm

Hello Kami, Great video for the benefits of purslane, we have some growing locally along our walkways. However, I was hoping that you would’ve covered spurge as well. The nasty big brother to purslane that is harmful. I hope that you can make an revised video for the benefits of purslane, but a comparison of purslane and spurge and key features to differentiate the two. Thanks.

peg salvador

In Turkey it is served as a salad side, dressed with garlic yogurt. It’s good.
It’s not so easy to sprout; at least, for me.

Melissa B.

Thank you for this video! Was confused to what Purslane was and was thinking it was what Brandon was referring to spurge. Once I saw the video I realized it was not purslane. Whew! I’ll have to look around my farmer’s market in the spring to see if there are any there.

cyn f

I have eaten purslane in salads. The first time I ever knew it was edible was when it came in my CSA order. I have since started growing ‘golden’ purslane and I make sure there is always purslane growing in my herb garden and my veggie garden. I don’t like to eat it the way Kami did as I find it a tad ‘slimy’ but I love to use the leaves in my salad where it adds tons of nutrition. I have never tried sauteing it so I am going to do that.

Daryle in VT

I have been eating purslane or portulaca for many years. I encourage its growth and even have a raised bed full of it every year. The most fun is when a friend is visiting my gardens, I snap off a few stems and eat it right in front of them. Yes, it’s rude, but sometimes they want to try a little purslane, a convert is born!


Hi Kami, I am an avid gardener. I am 49 and have only been discovering edible weeds for about two years. Puslane was my second discovery. A little warning though my sister asked for some so I bagged it and put it in a cooler with ice for delivery, when I got there it there it was frozen and mush so it doesn’t take well to a cold pack. Lol

yes, mine is just growing now again, love that stuff!!!!! one of the weeds I got tired of pulling 🙂 About 5 years ago I got so tired of pulling the same weeds every year so I went on line and looked what they all are and now I let them grow to harvest: lambsquarters, dandelion any way, violets, chickweed, plantain – the broad and narrow leaf, have both now – and I am looking into wild mallow; Do you have any info on that, Kami??? I mostly add purslane as well as all the other young weeds to my… Read more »

In Greece, it is always mixed in the summer greek salad. It can be mixed in yoghurt to make something like tzatziki or it can be pickled to preserve it for the winter. For me, nothing is better than chewing on it while watering the rest of the plants.

francesca marousis

it is very common in Greece. You can buy it at the farm markets. I have alot in my garden. I use it in salads, add it to greek spinach pies and fried. I have some recipes if you are interested. I am now trying to find a recipe to pickle it.. thanks so much for your videos. you are adorable

Debbie F

I have it everywhere. It was so good to see you eating it. I have nibbled a couple of times but it nervouses me (as my daughter would say) to eat something in the dirt. I am used to things that grow shrink-wrapped at the grocery store.

Hello Kami. Thank you for all you do, you are greatly appreciated. Yes, I love purslane but have only eaten it raw. We have it growing wild on our property. There was lots of it and here in north Texas where drought is a norm it grows very well but,… We had two very strange years of lots of rain and the purslane disappeared. The drought is back and last summer I did see a little but so far this year I have not seen any. I sure miss our plentiful amounts from the past.

As always Kami, you are so great with instructions and inspiring people to try new “weeds” and herbs. Thanks!

Mindy Capello

Love Purslane! I eat it when weeding out my button weed which is about the only weed I don’t want in my garden. I pick it along with my Lambs Quarters, & creeping Charlie, to add to my salads.


Hi, I had this uncontrollable weed in my garden for years. No idea how it got there. I removed it weekly. Till I found it is edible. Now I love to leave it as a filler in between my ´real’ veggies. And I can eat from it daily. My preference: shopped as a whole (leaves and stem) on top of any salad. Enjoy it.

Kathy Haneman

I am very excited to ad this to our daily meals!
I Just had a heart attack last week and have
ben looking for GOD herbs and foods to ad to
our new life style changes.
Kathy Hanneman
South Carolina


Kami, what a fun video – here as I watch the snow falling! I’ve eaten purslane in my salads, and the first time I tried it I cooked it with a little onion and garlic and put it in an omelet – it was so mild and good!

Debbie D
I first noticed purslane growing in cracks in pavement, but until recently, didn’t know what it was good for. A couple of years ago, I tried to grow it from seeds I had purchased, but it didn’t amount to much. Then last summer, the conditions must have been right, because the wild variety seemed to be sprouting up everywhere in my vegetable garden. I snacked on it fresh while I was weeding, and put some in salads. I hope it comes up again next year. I would like to start a garden of just edible weeds, because they usually grow… Read more »

I tried a tiny bite of some that I found in my herb garden. Tasted good. However later in the day I vomited, which I never do. The only thing I ate that was different was this plant, so I’m thinking it might have been a lookalike–and now I’m afraid to try it again!


It’s the middle of winter here and my garden is about 3′ deep in snow. This video has me itching even more for spring. I guess I’ll have to be satisfied with saving the video and researching more! Thanks!