Go Ahead and Eat Those Weeds

So, it is girl week in our house. That means a few things. It means that pajama time starts at approximately 5:15. Our Netflix queue has a decidedly juvenile female vibe, and I’m  crocheting like mad on this NDSU themed afghan for an upcoming charity event. 

afghan
cables, my new crochet trick!

AND, most importantly, the menu at our house has taken a rather (ahem), low-key turn. And sometimes it takes a low-key AND experimental turn. 

I’m going to preface this by admitting that I am NOT a gardener. At all. I dream of one day waking up to someone standing at my door offering to take over the yard–for free. I’m kind of an accidental gardener, in that I *think* I have a stalk of corn growing in my front garden patch. I did not plant it. One year we had accidental pumpkins. I ALWAYS have accidental purslane. Recently I learned that purslane is a trendy, healthy, vegetable. 

So, I decided to harvest some of my garden treasure. 


After washing and trimming it, I took my other treasure out of the fridge–my bacon fat jar! 


A little swish in my cast-iron fry pan. . .

In goes the purslane!

A few minutes later and dinner is served!


The verdict? The purslane has a nice, fresh flavor. The downside is that the very same property that makes purslane a great additive to soups and stews for its thickening properties also gives it a slightly slimy mouth-feel, similar to that of okra. For me, that is a game changer. (It could be that nothing can compete with a perfectly cooked steak). I think I may add some to my Italian Wedding Soup, or just serve the leaves in my next salad. I can’t beat the Omega 3s or the price!

Chime in! Have you harvested any surprises from your garden lately? Share in the comments! 

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About the author : Dakotapam

I’m a Lutheran pastor’s wife and mom to six kids, including toddler twin girls. My life is sometimes normal, and sometimes crazy; but through it all, I know that I am blessed! Some people say that I have my hands full, I prefer to call it living life with both hands full, and I love it!

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  1. Jody S. - July 14, 2016 Reply

    Yes, we’ve had purslane before, but make sure to harvest in the afternoon because it’s more sour in the morning. BUT we have to much this summer. I don’t want it anymore because it’s choking out everything else.

    This year we have volunteer watermelons and tomatoes and potatoes. 🙂

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