When is a weed not a weed - Purslane

Story: When is a weed not a weed
Episode: Episode 8
Presenter: Trevor Cochrane
Air Date: 27th March 2022

  • Portcula is also known as purslane is identified as the richest vegetable source of alpha-linolenic acid, an essential omega-3 fatty acid.
  • The lack of dietary sources of omega-3 fatty acids has resulted in a growing level of interest to introduce purslane as a new cultivated vegetable.
  • Interestingly only plants can create Omega 3 fatty acids.
  • Weed is only a weed when it’s a plant you don’t want, once you start harvesting portulaca you are going to find it becomes a bit more of a rarity in the garden.