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Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Chicabee19, Aug 11, 2008.
Our yard is overrun with Purslane. can chickens eat that?
Yep! It's one of the very best sources in the world for omega-3. You can eat it too!
But would you want to?
Really? You can eat it?
Purslane is very good for you and your flock. We eat the leaves in salad. My sister-in-law says she also eats the stems, but I'm not fond of them. Never eat any that have been sprayed with chemicals.
Yes, you can eat it, believe it or not.
Exhibit A: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/fresh-herb-salad-recipe/index.html
Exhibit B: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/PURSLANE-AND-PARSLEY-SALAD-243192
Exhibit C: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/PURSLANE-MEYER-LEMON-AND-PEAR-SALAD-WITH-KAFFIR-LIME-VINAIGRETTE-108659
And one more for good measure: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/GRILLED-ZUCCHINI-SALAD-WITH-PURSLANE-AND-TOMATO-106887
I'm actually going to try that last one tomorrow. It uses a lot of things I need to use up right now!
I knew that humans could eat it, and we tried it, but really it's sort of sour. Cooking helps, but really, there are so many better things to eat.
I suppose if the chicken-stuff hits the fan and we are all starving we could cultivate and eat it. I hear it's very high in Vitamin C.
Glad to know chickens can eat it -- will probably be our main source of yard greens!
Here's a joke we made up (kinda lame, but we're not stand-up comics):
"Hey honey, what's another name for a lawn-mower?"
Even a single cell of the Purslane plant will grow. Walking on it, mowing it, pulling pieces off the plant to try and get rid of it -- all these things just spread it.