Salad Leaf of the Month: Winter Purslane

We love our leaves at Rocker Organic Farm. So we choose one each month to celebrate.

At this time of the year, most leaves aren’t at their best in terms of growth. Even those that are keeping going have slowed right down, given the short amount of daylight. One very notable exception is Winter Purslane.

As the name suggests, it thrives in the winter. It produces beautiful leaves with the flesh of them being almost meaty.

Whilst not the easiest leaf to pick, it rewards the picker with a distinctive leaf that looks great in a winter salad bag. By itself, it can form the main ingredient for a hearty salad with apples and walnuts. Soup is another possibility.

Its latin name, Claytonia perfoliata, doesn’t reveal much, its other name, Miner’s Lettuce does. Its origins are in North America, so it became popular in the California Gold Rush as an excellent source of Vitamin C and Beta Carotene.