In early spring, you are undoubtedly spending a lot of time in the garden.
Whilst busy sowing seeds and preparing beds there is not however always a lot to pick for the table but Purslane is definitely a crop to have.
I sow Winter Purslane around late September and it will grow over the winter. Athough it’s not keen on a heavy frost it will grow back.With green glossy succulent leaves and white flowers(both are edible) it’s a pretty plant to have.
Eventually when it starts to die back, I have the choice of summer Green Purslane and Yellow Purslane which I sow from March onwards into the summer for successional crops.
I sow them either in situ or in modules as they don’t like root disturbance. All will self seed so choose a spot where you're happy for them to return and you might not need to sow ever again.
Then that’s it; High in vitamin C with a flavour that changes depending on the time of day you pick them. Sharper taste first thing or milder in the afternoon. What’s not to love. @candibsz
We currently serve it on the menu with other crisp leaves from the garden with salt cod brandade, smoked eel & Alexander.