Monday, October 5, 2015

Putting up Purslane

Is there anything better than planting a garden, watching it grow and harvesting and putting up the food for the winter?
Sure! How about harvesting and putting up food you did no work to produce, that God just provided for you. You can't get much more frugal than foraging.

 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, 
neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; 
yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. 
Are ye not much better than they?
Matthew 6:26

Purslane is one of those fabulous foods you can't seem to get rid of if you wanted to. Chances are, if you have a garden, you have purslane.

Did you know that purslane is extremely nutritious? It is higher in omega 3 fatty acids than many fish oils and is also high in vitamin A, vitamin C, Magnesium and Iron, just to name a few. 

And God just puts it there for us to help ourselves, while we mutter naughty things under our breath and pull those nasty weeds and toss them in the pile with the rest of the garden waste. Oh how silly humans are.

So I've talked you into utilizing this weed? Now, what do you do with it? Try using it in salads and stir-fry's. Or, if you're feeling a little more adventurous try pickling it! 

Now I would love to tell you how this tasted, but my children gobbled up the entire jar on me. 

Here's a couple recipes to give it a try yourself:

Pickles not your thing, or you're looking for a way to keep this healthy green to use throughout the winter? Try dehydrating it. We dehydrated ours and crushed it into a jar with a mix of other greens for soups and smoothies in the winter. This could be turned into a powder as well.

Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ 

or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’

For the Gentiles seek after all these things, 

and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.

Matthew 6:31-32

How do you plan to use this simple blessing from God?

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