Purslane (Portulaca oleracea, Gr. glistrida, antrakla) is a wonderful plant with fleshly leaves, growing wild all over Greece. Although considered a weed by many, in Greece it is widely used as a vegetable or salad, especially in Crete. It is no coincidence that the Cretans have the healthiest population in the world; that is because of the high consumption of olive oil and purslane in their diet!
Purslane contains more Omega-3 fatty acids (alpha-linolenic acid) than any other leafy vegetable plant. These protect us against cardiovascular disease and other chronic illnesses such as cancer and diabetes. Actually the special fatty acid-balancing Omega-3s in purslane are actually able to make any kind of food healthier! Purslane is also very rich in dietary fibre, an excellent source of vitamins A and C and minerals such as iron, magnesium, calcium and potassium. Read more here about the secret of Cretan diet.