Gardening is a skill that requires a lot of patience and an eye for design. The finished product often looks amazing upon completion, but it requires a lot of upkeep if you want the beauty to last any length of time.

When you’re trying to maintain a nice garden, weeds can feel like the bane of your existence. Not only can they be harmful to your other plants, but every time you think you’ve gotten rid of all of them, they just keep coming back up!

There is one seemingly undesirable plant, though, that you’re going to want to be on the lookout for—and you definitely don’t want to kill it. It may be a weed, but it has some incredible benefits!

Tending to a garden requires a lot of patience. Plants take time to grow, and they need to be nurtured and cared for. You may have seen this green, leafy weed in your yard or garden while you were working…

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It’s pretty common, which is part of the reason why many people simply pick it and throw it away as soon as they see it. Most gardeners just pluck through the flowers and plants and throw away anything they don’t recognize.

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Yet, that’s really the last thing that they should be doing when they could be eating it! Most people who have a garden are unaware of the vitamins and nutrients that their plants can offer!

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So what exactly is this particular plant called? It’s purslane, and it’s actually perfectly edible—not to mention tasty and nutritious. Making sure your diet consists of roughage is vital to your health, and this plant is the perfect food to help.

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The leaves are full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. All three of these are what we should be trying to consume a lot of every day. But, most people don’t get the required amounts.

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The seeds are also special, and they are so powerful that they can survive for up to 25 years. They also are full of omega-3 fatty acids, and are great for your immune system.

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Compared to every other green, leafy vegetable out there, purslane has the most vitamin A. Vitamin A plays an important role in maintaining proper vision and healthy skin. That’s something we can all benefit from!

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The leaves are crunchy, with a tasty, lemony flavor. That makes this plant a great addition to all sorts of meals, especially sandwiches and salads. Having a bit of citrus flavor in your food is always a delicious addition.

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Purslane grows just about everywhere, from New Zealand to Europe to many parts of the United States. It’s a good thing that it isn’t rare considering how beneficial it is. You can probably go outside right now and find some nearby!

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Keep an eye out for it during the summertime, because that’s when purslane grows! Make sure you know what it looks like, though, so you don’t end up getting rid of a whole lot of health benefits!

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Learn more about this wonderful weed in the video below! There’s so much to know about this fantastic plant. You’ll never take its presence in your yard for granted again!

Considering how common this plant is, it’s a wonder that more people don’t know how valuable it can be. We’re definitely going to look up some purslane recipes now!

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