Purslane (Portulaca oleracea) is an herb that is native to Asia, but has spread all across the world. It is commonly found in cleared areas. The purslane herb has red stems and fleshy, green leaves. The flowers are a bright yellow. Purslane is high in Omega-3 fatty acids and contains vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B, magnesium, calcium, potassium and iron. All in all, edible purslane is a very healthy plant to add to your diet.
Purslane has smooth, reddish, mostly prostrate stems and green, succulent leaves, with yellow flowers. It is a fast-growing annual, thrives without fertiliser and tolerates drought and salt. Its has bushy stalk from 10 - 30cm in length. The thick succulent leaves have a slightly peppery, lemon flavour and can be eaten in salads soups or used like spinach.