purslane

since afternoon rains
purslane crawls where soil was bare
plump sour candies

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Photo: Some rights reserved by pellaea
See photo at Flickr here.

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From Wikipedia’s article on purslane (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portulaca_oleracea):

“Purslane has a taproot with fibrous secondary roots and is able to tolerate poor, compacted soils and drought.”…”It has a slightly sour and salty taste and is eaten throughout much of Europe, the middle east, Asia, and Mexico.[1][3“…“Studies have found that Purslane has 0.01 mg/g of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). This is an extraordinary amount of EPA for a land-based vegetable source. EPA is an Omega-3 fatty acid found mostly in fish, some algae, and flax seeds.[5] It also contains vitamins (mainly vitamin A, vitamin C, Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)[6] and some vitamin B and carotenoids), as well as dietary minerals, such as magnesium, calcium, potassium, and iron… [and]  potent antioxidants..”.

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