Winter purslane is a small annual plant which originates from North America and which is used as a leaf vegetable. It is sometimes called Miner’s lettuce because during the California Gold Rush miners used to eat it as a source of vitamin C.
Lattuga dei minatori
Basic information and facts
North America, Cuba, and western Europe (Engeland, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany).
Annual, biennial, or perennial:
Winter purslane is an annual plant.
The plant has small pink or white flowers, which have five petals of 2 to 3 mm length. Flowers are grouped together above the leaves.
A pair of leaves grow together and are united together around the stem so it appears to be just one circular leaf.
Climate and weather:
Can be up to 40 cm tall, but often much smaller.
Rows about 10 cm apart.
Propagated from seeds.
Pick the leaves by hand.
The rather fleshy leaves of Winter purslane are used as a leaf vegetable. They are often eaten raw in salads or they are cooked like spinach.