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Living in a dry heat with high temperatures between 105 and 110 during the summer, purslane laughs in your face and thrives here in Phoenix, Arizona. Add some incredible, edible ornamental purslane to your garden this summer! A salsa with purslane recipe is included in the article.
Brantford, ON, Canada (Zone 5a)
Dec 10, 2014 3:01 PM CST
|Purslane the ubiquitous plant. About the beginning of July, the patch is harvested and pressure canned. The seeds are also collected some years.
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?AXHPS 5 July 2012 Collecting Purslane Seeds
One and one half cups of Purslane (Portulaca oleracea) seed was collected. The tarp screen method works well. The seeds are very small. Annotated photographs depict the procedure.
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?EKMQM 1 July 2012 Threshing Purslane.(Portulaca oleracea)
An experiment is being conducted to collect the seeds of the Purslane (Portulaca oleracea)plants.The Aborigines of Australia were observed putting purslane in a a pile and collecting the seeds after the plants dried.The seeds are touted as to being highly nutritional.I decided to attempt collecting the seeds, and improve on the Aborigine system.There is enough energy left in he vegetation to produce seeds after they have been removed from the soil. Over the last week it was observed that the puslane had flowered.The seeds are very small and fall through the screen mesh with room to spare.This is ideal, since all I need do is scoop them off the tarp, when all the seeds drop.
http://www.durgan.org/URL/?TDBCB 5 July 2014 Purslane Juicing
Portulaca oleracea (common purslane) is free growing in my garden as it does all over the world.It has much inherent nutrition and can be utilized in salads, or cooked like spinach, or juiced as I preserve the plant.The stems, leaves and flower buds are all edible.
The plant are selected, washed, cooked until soft and blended into a slurry. The slurry is strained through a 2 mm food mill screen, then the residue is put through a Champion juicer to extract most of the nutrients. The juice is then placed in liter jars, and pressure canned at 15 PSI for 15 minutes for long term storage at room temperature. Today 21 liters was processed.
Durgan Zone 5a
Brantford, ON Canada http://durgan.org/2011/ Garden Journal
Dec 11, 2014 9:24 PM CST
|Wow! That's some really good info and I'm green with envy about your purslane patch and how you use it!
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