Slippery Tongue

This interesting little plant is a wonderful addition to our lovely Cretan village salads.

Purslane, called “slippery” (γλιστρίδα) here in Crete.  Those that have a tongue that never stops wagging, are accused of eating too much slippery!

Slipppery tongue (5) (Small)

Slipppery tongue (4) (Small)

High in omega-3 fatty acids and super source of vitamin A and C, dietary minerals such as magnesium, iron, calcium and potassium.

Purslane grows like a weed around your cultivated plot, low lying, with small yellow flowers.  Leaves and stem often fleshy, with a slightly sour taste, but not unpleasant.  Edible raw and cooked.  Just select the tender stems and leaves, break into sections and throw into your salad bowl or cook with other greens, ie. spinach.

Medical Note

People with known oxalate urinary tract stones are advised to avoid eating purslane, for information here.

 

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