Gardeners that once plucked purslane plants from their garden as a weed are now beginning to add this nutritious power food to their plots. Purslane has been found to have the highest levels of omega-3 fatty acids than any other plant. Purslane also is a great source of vitamin A, C, E and beta carotene. It even outdoes spinach when it comes to nutrition. The best part for gardeners is that purslane is a hearty and resistant plant to grow, and thus more likely to produce a strong harvest. Purslane can be found in the wild, however, if you plant your own seeds, the plants can reach four times the size of a wild plant.
Decide whether you prefer to grow green purslane or golden purslane. Green purslane is similar to the purslane found in the wild, but grows larger in size. Golden purslane is also similar to green purslane in size, shape and appearance, but the leaves have a golden hue and taste more tender.
Check your local plant nursery to see if they have purslane seeds available. Many nurseries carry purslane seeds now because the popularity of the plant for herb and vegetable gardens has grown. Not all nurseries, however, have caught on to the trend.
Go to your local farmer's market and see if seeds are available. Many farmers sell seeds or seedlings in the early spring. Native species are also becoming more popular with farmers in gardening.
Check your local health food store or food cooperative if you can't find seeds from a local farmer. Purslane is becoming more popular as a power food because of its antioxidant properties and high omega-3 fatty acid content. Most health food stores carry seeds and might carry purslane.
Buy your seeds online if you are unable to find them locally. Purchase organic golden purslane seeds from companies such as Seeds of Change at www.seedsofchange.com or High Mowing Seed at www.highmowingseeds.com. Buy green purslane seeds at companies such as Territorial Seeds at www.territorialseeds.com or Sand Mountain Herbs at www.sandmountainherbs.com.