Longtime readers will know that I have a longtime obsession with purslane. This ubiquitous weed is both delicious and nutritious, and it thrives in the heat of summer. Purslane is famous for the ability of its tiny seeds to infiltrate the merest cracks, allowing this tough-yet-tender plant to thrive everywhere. In a walkabout in the neighborhood, I found this lovely plant growing out of a tiny gap between a sidewalk paver and a mailbox:
It's a nice specimen, with big, succulent leaves, but it's location suggests exposure to car exhaust and dog pee. I was almost tempted to pick it just to transplant it to seed another area, but the plant is so ubiquitous that it doesn't need to be propagated. Most people want to get rid of the stuff. July is a big purslane month for me, the plant thrives in the sun and weathers dry conditions well. I prefer to eat it uncooked, in order to preserve its juicy crunch (cooked, it gets mucilagenous, like okra), so it's a perfect summer green.
Title somewhat inspired by the bridge of this gloriously demented number.