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Purslane (Portulaca oleracea)

Postby Durgan » Oct 27, 2012 2:13 pm 5 July 2012 Collecting Purslane Seeds
One and one half cups of Purslane (Portulaca oleracea) seed was collected. The tarp screen method works well. The seeds are very small. Annotated photographs depict the procedure. 1 July 2012 Threshing Purslane.(Portulaca oleracea)
An experiment is being conducted to collect the seeds of the Purslane (Portulaca oleracea)plants.The Aborigines of Australia were observed putting purslane in a a pile and collecting the seeds after the plants dried.The seeds are touted as to being highly nutritional.I decided to attempt collecting the seeds, and improve on the Aborigine system.There is enough energy left in he vegetation to produce seeds after they have been removed from the soil. Over the last week it was observed that the puslane had flowered.The seeds are very small and fall through the screen mesh with room to spare.This is ideal, since all I need do is scoop them off the tarp, when all the seeds drop.

Construction of the set-up. An impervious tarp platform was constructed using fence posts, rebar, and plastic ties. A fibre glass screen was placed over the tarp, and the purslane plants laid on top. The seeds fall through the screen mesh and rest on the tarp. An ideal situation. The plants will be shaken each day and time will determine when threshing is complete. 15 June 2012 Purslane (Portulaca oleracea) Flowers
These are the flowers of the Portulaca oleracea.Very small yellow flowers. Apparently it is a very nutritional vegetable all parts of the plant.I am utilizing it more each year. 10 August 2011 Purslane Cooked and Pressure Canned. 28 May 2012 Purslane (Portulaca oleracea)
A 8 by 8 foot garden area was prepares in the Spring, and nothing was planted in the area. After reviewing the situation, it was discovered that the area was well self-seeded with Purslane. The small weeds were hand removed.It was decided to allow this plant to grow and utilize is as a vegetable. Apparently it is most nutritional.I will use it mostly for juicing.
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