Post by Wheelgarden on Jan 21, 2018 23:11:48 GMT -5
My Granddaughter and Grandson had the same reaction at 4 years old that I did at 40 when I first tasted purslane: "Wow!...that's good!" Grown it ever since, with varying success. Fresh, tangy, almost lemony, almost cucumbery taste. Wife likes it (big plus, too)... I've not seen it growing wild here, and when I've grown it it doesn't re-seed, but I do keep growing it. Do you use purslane?
"Adopt the pace of Nature: her secret is patience." --- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Okay, my bad. But here's why: I spent years in pursuit of native plants of California. As an amateur botanist, common names are basically worthless because they change with regions, but scientific names are valid everywhere. Since I live in what is called Gold Country where the gold rush began, and the miners used the weed as a salad, the name miner's lettuce is accurate, but pirslane is somehow also associated!
"Miners lettuce (Claytonia perfoliata) is also called winter purslane, Indian lettuce, spring beauty and miners green..." —Super Foods
It's worth noting that both of the weeds mentioned are in the Portulacaceae family. and share similar attributes, so common names add confusion. This is why I have always tried to promote botanical names, which not only make a specific (as in species!) plant understood in a conversation, but in fact the scientific names are just plain fun to learn for what they reveal about a plant!
Example: Portulaca is from the Latin for "little doors", Ports, the covering of the seed capsules.
Purslane Defined: any of a number of small, typically fleshy-leaved plants that grow in damp habitats or waste places, in particular.
Word Origin: late Middle English: from Old French porcelaine, probably from Latin porcil(l)aca, variant of portulaca, influenced by French porcelaine ‘porcelain.’
So there was my mistake in not (yet) knowing that purslane was also a name for a different plant. <...Steve backs out of the room..>