Purslane is a fast-growing plant with tender, succulent leaves that are jam-packed with nutrients. It has 7 times more β-carotene than carrots and 6 times more vitamin E than spinach! Purslane is an excellent source of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for healthy cell membrane function and are especially important for cardiovascular and neurologic health. Purslane’s thick, red-tinted stems can grow quite long, but are kept in check by harvesting frequently. The leaves taste slightly citrusy and salty, with a peppery kick not unlike arugula, but with a juicier crunch.