Purslane is highly appreciated for its plant-based omega-3 fatty acid content, namely alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). Polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acids are essential for healthy cell membrane function and are especially important for cardiovascular and neurologic health.
Purslane contains numerous classes of antioxidants including phenolic compounds, carotenoids, and oleracein derivatives. It delivers a healthful dose of Vitamins A,C, and E, riboflavin, as well as calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, and potassium. To give you a better idea of how nutritious purslane is, it has 7 times more β-carotene than carrots and 6 times more Vitamin E than spinach. The leaves taste slightly citrusy and salty, with a peppery kick not unlike arugula, but with a juicier crunch to it.