One of the rare vegetables that is rich in omega-3 fatty acids

Its high polyunsaturated fatty acid (omega-3) content makes purslane highly recommendable for preventing cardiovascular disease.

It also contains:

  • iron

Purslane is also:

  • a source of potassium (for the nervous system, muscular function, and blood pressure)
  • a source of vitamin C (for the immune system, collagen formation, energy, the nervous system, iron absorption, and fatigue reduction)
  • a source of magnesium (for fatigue reduction, energy, protein synthesis, muscular contraction, nerve impulse transmission, and bone and teeth health)

When is the right
time to eat it?

From spring to fall

Purslane is available year-round, except in winter!

  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

Vegetable patch
or urban balcony?

Purslane is an herbaceous annual that grows well in light, well-drained soil, as well as in full sun.

To learn everything you need to know about growing purslane, read the page on growing advice.

Choosing and
storing purslane

Choosing your purslane well:

  • The leaves must be very green, fleshy, and shiny.

Storing your purslane well:

  • In the refrigerator: One to two days in the vegetable drawer, as it is very delicate.

Tips and

How to prepare purslane

Purslane is best eaten young, when it is very tasty, with a spongy consistency and a slightly acidulated and tangy taste (bigger leaves become hard and take on a strong flavor). This salad green should be used quickly after purchase, as it doesn’t keep for very long. Don’t let it soak in water, or it’ll lose its vitamins!

Purslane goes well with…

Raw: Purslane can add a bit of crunch to other salad greens, such as lamb’s lettuce, arugula, or ordinary lettuce; it also makes for an exquisite combination of flavors and vitamins when paired with red peppers, lemon, parmesan, or olive oil.

As with herbs, you can add it to a soup, omelet, or potatoes after cooking.

Can everyone
eat it?


Young children

Children under 2 should not eat purslane, in order to avoid the risk of pulmonary aspiration.

And everyone else

Its nutritional benefits make it an attractive option for everyone, including the elderly and convalescents.

See plenty of other tips for encouraging children to eat vegetables

Where do they come from?
Origins and varieties

Origins: It is produced by the Netherlands, England, France, Belgium, and Germany.

Varieties: Purslane (Portulaca oleacera) is a leaf vegetable cultivated like spinach. This summer annual is entirely fleshy, with creeping or upright branchy stems that are reddish in color. Its taproot has a whitish hue. Its opposite leaves, which are very shiny, have short stalks and an oval shape. Their color ranges from green to red, and their flowers are yellow.

There are two varieties: golden purslane and green purslane.

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