Purslane herb (Portulaca oleracea)
What is Purslane herb? This is scientifically referred to as Portulaca oleracea. It was originally found in the Indian sub-continent but currently it has been widely spread across the world. There are a diverse variety of Purslane plant. These species vary in terms of leaf thickness, size, arrangement as well as pigment distribution. It is said to be a hard herb since it requires very little soil nutrients and water. This herb grows to a height of 12 to 15 cm. In most Asian and European countries, Purslane herb has been grown as a staple food. It has tender leaves and succulent stems. A mature plant has yellow flower buds that can also be eaten. Pursley seeds, mostly used to prepare herbal drinks, occur in form of black powder. Health Benefits of Purslane Herb Some countries such as the United States of America consider this plant a weed. However it is important to note that Pursley is a safe plant that is widely consumed for a number of health benefits to the human body including medicinal benefits. This herb has various nutrients that impact positively on the human health. They include:
- Omega-3 fatty acids
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin C
- Belatin Alkaloid pigments
- beta-xanthins that appear yellow in color
- Beta cyanins that appear red in color.