Common purslane (Portulaca oleracea) — also known as duckweed, fatweed, pursley, pussley, verdolagas and wild portulaca — is a commonly found “weed” species in our gardens. It can grow pretty much anywhere and it has at least a two-month growing season. Even though many of us just see a weed t be removed, why not try it in your dishes. Once you try it, you won`t give up on it. It has a lemony taste and it's crunchy, it's leaves are good for sandwiches and you can even use it as a substitute for spinach.
It contains pectin, used for thickening stews and soups. You can even make a low-fat pesto without adding too much oil. Pick some purslane (stem and leaves), wash it and add fresh basil and blend it in a blender or food processor. Then add a small amount of olive oil, garlic, pine nuts and enough hot water to get a good consistency.
Purslane is a great source of omega-3 fatty acids and it can help lower cholesterol.