Why Purslane?

Purslane is a nutritional powerhouse often overlooked as a weed. Packed with omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A, C, and E, and minerals like magnesium, calcium, and potassium, it also boasts a tangy, lemony flavor and crisp texture. Here’s how to make a Turkish-inspired purslane dish that’s as flavorful as meat.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fresh purslane leaves and tender stems
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Lemon juice (optional)

Preparation:

  1. Prepare the Purslane: Rinse thoroughly to remove dirt and trim tough stems.
  2. Sauté Onion and Garlic: Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic, sauté until soft and fragrant.
  3. Add Tomatoes: Stir in diced tomatoes, cook until they break down into a sauce, about 5-7 minutes.
  4. Cook Purslane: Add purslane, mix with tomato mixture. Sprinkle paprika, salt, and pepper. Cook for about 5 minutes until tender but crisp.
  5. Finish with Lemon Juice: For extra flavor, squeeze lemon juice over the dish before serving.

This versatile dish can be served warm as a side or cold as part of a salad. “Purslane is a delightful and nutritious addition to any meal,” transforming it into a flavorful experience. Enjoy this simple, delicious recipe and the health benefits of purslane!

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