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Green living mulch of purslane chokes out other weeds. Here beneath young corn.

“Make hay while the sun shines,” stock up on purslane during the warm Summer season. Purslane can be frozen; over a period of weeks in the freezer it drys out to the point it can be later transferred out to room temp storage.

It is listed by the World Health Organization as one of the most used medicinal plants, and it has been given the term “Global Panacea” [11]. The Chinese folklore described it as “vegetable for long life” and it has been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese Medicine [12, 13]. It is cold in nature and sour in taste and is used to cool the blood, stanch bleeding, clear heat, and resolve toxins. The dried aerial part of this plant is indicated for the treatment of fever, dysentery, diarrhoea, carbuncle, eczema and hematochezia, with a recommended dose of 9–15 g [14–16].
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4321094/
Gamma linolenic acid content is worth noting:
>It is very good source of alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) and gamma-linolenic acid (LNA, 18 : 3 w3) (4 mg/g fresh weight) of any green leafy vegetable. It contained the highest amount (22.2 mg and 130 mg per 100 g of fresh and dry weight, resp.) of alpha-tocopherol and ascorbic acid (26.6 mg and 506 mg per 100 g of fresh and dry weight, resp.).
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3934766/

More about purslane in a previous post: https://myfamilyschinahistorywithsocialistcharacteristics.wordpress.com/2017/06/12/overlooked-health-and-nutrition-gold-mine/

 

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