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How to Make Pickled Purslane

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Purslane is an edible, nutritious, bit of wild greenery that many of us see as a weed. When pulling it from the garden, consider bringing it into the kitchen and making pickled purslane as a tasty side dish or sandwich topper.

The great thing about this recipe is that it’s super quick to make, easily customizable, and keeps for a long while in the fridge.

A canning jar full of purslane leaves in a pickling liquid with text overlay stating how to make pickled purslane.

A Nutritious Forage

Purslane is packed with nutrition and flavor making it an often free source of healthy, tasty food. It’s loaded with natural and healthy Omega-3 fatty acids.

It’s great raw, on salads and in sandwiches.

Purslane’s flavor and sometimes tough stems lend themselves well to being pickled however making it an ideal snack in our house. These are a quick, refrigerator pickle. The tender purslane leaves will not stand up to the canning process but these do make  a delightful addition to sandwiches and salads.

Identifying Purslane

As always be 100% sure of identification before ingesting any wild plant.

A purslane plant growing in the soil.

Purslane has thick jade like leaves on slightly woody stems. It is very much a succulent plant in look and feel.

There is a similar lookalike plant that is poisonous. Spurge. Spurges leaves are not succulent. The easiest way to tell the difference if you are unsure is to break the stem in half. Spurge will ooze a white latex substance – purslane will not. Do not ingest spurge.

Harvesting Purslane

If you’re weeding the garden and it’s growing where you don’t want it, simply pull the plant, roots and all, and put into a basket while weeding.

If harvesting but want to keep it growing, simply snip off long stems of the purslane and place into your foraging basket.

Stems of purslane hanging over the rim of a metal bucket.

Cleaning Purslane

As purslane tends to grown very close to the earth it is going to be quite dirty.

Soak the whole plant in water to remove loose dirt and drain it very well.

Next, snip the roots from the plant. Give the leaves and stems another soaking and rinsing before spinning in a salad spinner to remove excess water.

Dry the leaves and stems by spreading them out on a towel for about an hour to remove excess water.

Close up of purslane leaves in a jar full of pickling brine.

Optional Additions

The recipe is fairly basic but there are ways to make it different should you desire:

  • Toss in a teaspoon of mustard seeds
  • Add a hot pepper or two for heat
  • A teaspoon of celery seed adds nice flavor
  • A bit of ginger root can be nice

Truly, feel free to add whatever bit of extra flavor you like in your pickles. Make smaller sized jars of different flavors, if desired.

A canning jar with brown paper over the lid, full of purslane stems in a pickling brine surrounded by fresh purslane and a fork on a table.

How to Serve Pickled Purslane

It’s wonderful on a pickle tray as part of an easy summer meal.

I quite like it on simple sandwiches with hearty, grainy bread.

Serve it as a simple side dish alongside grilled meats.

Yield: 1 Quart

Pickled Purslane

A canning jar with brown paper over the lid, full of purslane stems in a pickling brine surrounded by fresh purslane and a fork on a table.

Make the most of those nutritious and flavorful garden weeds with the easy Pickled Purslane recipe for a delicious sandwich fixing, snack, and more.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Quart Washed & Rinsed Purslane, Stems & Leaves
  • 1 ½ Cups Water
  • 1 ½ Cups Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon Pickling Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 1 Clove Garlic, peeled

Instructions

  1. Put the garlic clove into the bottom of a quart jar. Pack the purslane on top of the garlic.
  2. In a saucepan, combine the water, vinegar, pickling salt, and sugar. Bring to a boil.
  3. Pour the brine over the purslane, making sure to submerge all the purslane under the brine.
  4. Seal the jar and place in the refrigerator for at least 3 days before eating.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1/4 cup

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 16Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 51mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 0g

We try our best but cannot guarantee that nutrition information is 100% accurate.

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long

Wednesday 25th of August 2021

can you use honey instead of sugar ?

Kathie Lapcevic

Thursday 26th of August 2021

I haven't tried but I don't see why not.

Andrew Allen

Sunday 27th of June 2021

I never knew purslane was edible or even knew its name until recently. Now seems like i see it everywhere! Now i love being able to grab a quick superfood snack wherever i'm confident it hasn't been pee salted. Funny i was able to just search "pickled purslane" and immediately find so many devotees!

Kitty

Sunday 20th of December 2020

I made this today and cannot wait to try it in a few days! I did have a problem with measurements of the brine. In Australia, a quart is equal to almost 1kg. The measurements perhaps should be doubled as I had to make a second batch of brine to cover the purslane 😉

tony

Friday 10th of July 2020

I also dehydrate it, just the leaves and use in bread and soups, also freeze it for soup use in winter.

Ken

Friday 3rd of July 2020

I have eaten dill pickle in the fridge over a year old with no ill effect. I you do a hot pack canning it will store out side of the fridge no problem, just can as if green beens.

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