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Forage Fridays: Discovering Sea Purslane in the Bahamas

When I discovered that Sea Purslane is packed with Omega-3, that was it for me!

foraged sea purslane in the bahamas
Foraged Sea Purslane in the Bahamas

Hey everyone! Welcome to my blog, where I share my passion for foraging and its healing benefits. Today, I'm excited to share my latest discovery on my Forage Friday adventures: Sea Purslane in the Bahamas!

During my recent trip to the Bahamas, I stumbled upon a fascinating plant called Sea Purslane (Sesuvium portulacastrum). This succulent-like plant thrives in coastal areas, near mangroves, and its leaves and stems are edible! I was thrilled to learn about its nutritional benefits, which include:

* High levels of antioxidants

* Anti-inflammatory properties

* Rich in vitamins A, C, and E

* Good source of omega-3 fatty acids ( a plant!)

Why has foraging become essential for my healing journey? I get to gain a closer relationship with Mother Nature, learn about how plants protect our ecosystem and find wild and edible plants that are packed with nutrients!

foraging sea purslane off the coast
Genny foraging Sea Purslane in the Bahamas off the coast

To showcase the deliciousness of Sea Purslane, I paired it with a Caribbean-inspired bean and veggie dish, with plantains and turmeric rice. We sourced local ingredients from Bahamian farmers to create the vegetable medley, which included butternut squash, bell peppers, onions, and sweet potato. It was delicious and nutritious! 

Since the dish is naturally salty, I gently sauteed it in oil and added black pepper. Since this plant contains a high content of oxalates, gentle heating can reduce the content. The taste? Salty yet crunchy and gently sweet! If you have had purslane before, imagine a similar succulent flavor, but saltier. 

sea purslane with a carribean inspired dish from bahamas
Sea Purslane paired with a Caribbean Plant-Based Dish

Sea purslane is used in various culinary dishes, including salads, stews, soups, and as a garnish. Chefs will charge a pretty penny and use Sea Purslane as a complement to meat and fish dishes. It works well with green herbs like sage in dishes like a "coastal pesto." I definitely want to try this dish next!

Foraging for wild edibles like Sea Purslane has not only expanded my culinary horizons but also provided a natural way to manage my lupus symptoms. I get to enjoy Mother Nature for its healing benefits, including Vitamin D, and I also get to enjoy the nutrients that are amplified in wild plants since they naturally thrive without human intervention! An anti-inflammatory plant, packed with nutrients, for the win!

I hope this blog post inspires you to explore the world of foraging and discover the healing powers of wild plants. Always forage safely and do your research! Ensure proper identification forage practices!

Check out my YouTube Short and IG Reel on Sea Purslane!

Happy Forage Friday, everyone!

Genny Mack


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