THE WALKING HERBALIST PODCAST – EPISODE 31. The “Weeds are Friends” Herbalism & Purslane Show


Mindy can’t help but talk about her poor little car, which is sitting dead on the side of the road. Turns out the starter went. But thankfully she made it home before it died, reminding herself to count her blessings.

Marc’s “Herb Nugget” reminds us that garden weeds are not entirely the nuisance that they may seem to be. Make friends and learn from them! And eat some as well!


The “Herb of the Podcast” is Purslane, or Portulaca oleracea. This garden weed is actually a delicious addition to your salad, plus a great source of omega-3 fatty acids amongst other compounds with a heart healthy reputation. Purslane, shown in the first large


20160713_111433picture should not be confused with spurge, shown in the photos on the left. As always! Do your homework! If you break open spurge, you can see a white milky sap (shown), which is not present in the succulent stems of purslane.

“Wildcrafting and Homesteading Updates” (yup, we have renamed this section, because we want to focus on all aspects of utilizing your land) talks about what berries are ripe (blueberries, black raspberries, some blackberries), the abundance of peppergrass (poor man’s pepper) which is a great culinary spice, and milkweed flowers nibbles. Marc has been running the dehydrator non-stop, including crumbling thyme, oregano, lemon balm, and basil spices. Delicious! And we made beef jerky from flank steak (Marc ate it all!)

Mindy’s “Backed by Science” article is: Sabzghabaee AM, et al. Clinical effects of Portulaca oleracea seeds on dyslipidemia in obese adolescents: a triple-blinded randomized controlled trial. Med Arh 2014; 68(3):195-199. A .pdf file is available here.

The Worldwide Herbal and Foraging News articles for this episode are this one, this one, and this one. Robot farmers, garden pests, and noxious weeds are all the rage!

Have a great weekend, and get to know your plants!





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