I was reading a message board from La Manznilla about someone looking for Verdolaga or Purslane and this was their message.
There is a "weed" called purslane, or pigweed, or, in Mexico, verdolaga - which is also very high in many nutrients (omega 3 for example). It's easy to grow and harvest, and can be eaten raw or cooked. It is related to portulaca. If anyone sees any growing wild, and would be willing to transplant it into a pot, I will be most grateful. I'll bring seeds for the domestic type, but I hear the wild variety is better tasting. This fall, I'll be looking out for someone who can show me which other weeds are actually edible and nutritious; why work so hard at growing familiar vegetables, when local, wild ones grow so readily?
There are a number of similar looking weeds and I had to go out with a Mexican neighbor to get the right one. Not a good idea to eat things that only look similar. These are the wild ones unlike the vertical ones raised commercially.
Verdolaga found on our street
Verdolaga example found on the Internet
Ours won't look like these from a market