What are the side effects of Purslane

Purslane: more about the origin and healing properties of the medicinal plant

Many garden owners still control purslane as a weed. Wrongly? There are many vitamins and nutrients in the plant that can have a positive effect on health.


The original origin of purslane (Portulaca oleracea) is unknown today. However, the plant now grows almost all over the world. In this country it occurs mainly in central Germany and in the south. The annual plant can reach a stature height of up to 40 centimeters. It is particularly noticeable because of its thick and fleshy leaves, which serve as water reservoirs.

Used plant parts

The leaves together with the stems are used.


  • Provitamin A
  • vitamin C
  • Vitamin E.
  • B vitamins
  • potassium
  • calcium
  • magnesium
  • iron


Purslane is said to relieve headaches and can also help with other nerve problems. Due to the high vitamin C content, it should also be able to act against scurvy and against gingivitis caused by a vitamin deficiency. The aromatic, slightly nutty taste of purslane also goes very well in salads, soups and sauces. Since the plant is perishable, it should definitely be consumed within a few days. It can be kept longer by soaking it in vinegar.


Purslane has been known since the Middle Ages. This is evidenced, among other things, by Wolfram von Eschenbach's "Parzival", where it says: "Then a son of the landlord brought purslane and lettuce, broken in vinegar ...".

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