How To Dry Purslane and Turn It To A Powder

how to dry purslane
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Purslane. My new favorite edible weed. If you missed my post on just how incredibly nutritious this herb is, you’d better go catch up!

After discovering this super food in my garden, I decided to let it go crazy in one of my empty raised beds. And boy did it go crazy! I had fun experimenting with it before it came time to clear out the bed to make room for my new raspberry bushes.

Purslane makes a great thickening agent, much like cornstarch. Here’s how to turn it into a super-food powder to add to your favorite soups, stews, gravies or even shakes!

how to dry purslane

First, pick a bunch of healthy looking purslane. I like to pick herbs early in the morning before the sun has come out and dried the leaves.

how to dry purslane

Wash the leaves well. You wouldn’t want any dirt or bugs in your powder. Then spread them out onto a towel to dry.

how to dry purslane

Pull the leaves off of the stems, and place them single layer on a dehydrator rack, or on a cookie sheet if drying in the oven. This would make a great activity for children to help with. Discard the stems, or feed them to your chickens.

how to dry purslane

You’ll need a mesh screen or something similar to keep the leaves from falling through the trays after they’ve dried.

how to dry purslane

I used the ‘fruits and vegetables’ drying setting on my dehydrator, since these leaves are very succulent. That temperature is 135*. If using an oven, set it to the lowest setting possible, and keep an eye on the purslane to make sure it doesn’t burn. It took about 12 hours to dry completely. It should be brittle, indicating that it is done.

how to dry purslane

Next, place the dried leaves in a food processor or blender, and process until it turns to a powder.

how to dry purslane

Mine turned out to be a course powder, but that was just fine. I stored it in an empty spice jar. You’ll need a lot of purslane to make a significant amount of powder. The first time I experimented with this process, I only filled one dehydrator tray with leaves; I got about 1 1/2 Tbsp of powder from this amount.

The flavor of the dried purslane reminds me of dried parsley. It’s very mild and nice. I used my powdered purslane in a bean soup last night in the place of cornstarch, and it thickened up very nicely. I am anxious to make a lot more for regular use in my kitchen.

Have you ever dried purslane? What’s your favorite way to use it?

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  1. My mom being Mexican would fix it like spinach , pick it in the morning give it a good washing never used stems , would get a bit of oil with butter , throw in a couple of garlic cloves minced, silvers of onions , throw in slices of fresh tomatoes, then the leaves of “ verdolaga “ aka purslane, would add spices like salt pepper, celery salt , let it cook a bit , sometimes , jalapeños that would make our day everybody would eat it bcoz she would tell us it was “ Popeyes spinach “

  2. I found that it takes a long time for the whole purslane plant to dry in the dehydrator, because it is succulent. Therefore I have frozen the washed, and coarsely chopped, whole plants. After a day, I placed them in the dehydrator. Now the drying went much faster.

  3. I bought the seeds from Mckenzie seeds and its growing beautiful. I use it every day in my salads. I need to know how to preserve it now. I will try drying it and make powder. I would love to have the recipe for the relish?????? I bet it is delicious.

  4. I’ve been weeding purslane for years. Not anymore! Just discovered how great it is. I already make a number of powders (zucchini, pumpkin, spinach, mushroom, chive) and now I can add purslane. I’m excited about this!

  5. I eat it fresh on salads, a nice lemony flavor. I also eat and dehydrate the whole stem and leaves. Why throw it away.

  6. There is a great Mexican dish called verdolagas (which is also another name for the purslane). It calls for tomatillos, serrano pepper, some onion and garlic, and some optional cheese. After you cook it, you eat it in a tortilla. Really good. I have soooo much purslane in my garden right now. I’m trying to process it every which way I can so it doesn’t go to waste or seed. I even have pickled some. There is a great book called “The Wild Wisdom of Weeds” that talks about the 12 or so edible weeds that are found anywhere in the world. Purslane is one of them. It’s a great book to have.

  7. Cut some purslane for my salad with stems, put it in bottom of my salad bowl to try it for the first time, decided stems were too tough to eat. Hours later started to empty salad bowl and noticed purslane was still green and looked like it was trying to resume growing. So I washed off the salad dressing and stuck it in a pot of dirt. The next few mornings noticed the stuff was beginning to grow! It had no roots when I stuck it in the dirt! Now it is getting taller and greener. Heartiest stuff I have ever seen! I am eating it in salads almost every day now. There is plenty in the garden growing ‘wild.’

  8. I pick a large handful of fresh purslane in the morning, rinse and throw the whole bunch in the Vitamix and make a green smoothie. Stems and leaves. I’ve been cutting off the roots just because I’m not 100% sure they’re good for you, (but I’ll bet they’re fine!). Next thing I’m looking for online is lacto-fermenting it – but this page looked interesting too – thanks for sharing!

  9. I think you could dry the purslane without having removed the stems, and then remove the stems after it has dried. That way the thing you’re drying would be bigger and you wouldn’t need to worry about little things falling through. Incidentally, something I read said the stems are edible too.

    Also, I have dried slices of zucchini (with seeds removed) and then ground it up into a powder to use in soups, and this worked well. This is the same process I used with the zucchini.

  10. Before drying my purslane, I steam-blanch it (stems & all) to stop enzyme action & more importantly to soften cell walls of stems for better drying in my dehydrater. To steam it I use a spaghetti-pot steamer & steam for 45 – 60 seconds, then run under cold water to cool rapidly, then into dehydrater at 115 – 120 deg setting for 24 hrs or until brittle enough to grind into powder or flakes…….

    Usually it’s best picked early in season when plump , before flowering…Also I usually cut with scissors , leaving 2 or more leaves on residual stem , which gives additional crop to harvest after re-growth……

    I also usually put early-growth purslane “weeds” in with my pots of vegetable plants ( tomatoes, peppers, cauliflower, cabbage etc. grown in pots ) to harvest through-out growing season for an almost continous supply….. A “great beneficial weed ” !

  11. Hello Kendra
    Do you know if sun drying or drying purslane at a low temperature preserves the essential oils or are they ruined by any drying?

  12. I discovered purslane in my garden this year (2nd yr garden). I have given it and lamb’s quarters an area in the garden just like the other veggies and herbs. Otherwise they get kinda pushy!

    I didn’t know if it would dry hanging upside down like I do with most all my herbs. It is drying now and doing beautifully. In fact, the whole plant, stalk and all is still perky. The leaves are flat and deep green rather than puffy and succulent. I hung it a little over a week ago. I just pulled it out from the root (like, do I need to worry more will be there?) and hung it upside down in a mostly shady, dry spot.

    I found that it will turn black in the frig after about three days in a mixed salad though so heads up there (summer abundance management!).

    Love the connection here!


  13. I would like to know the Relish recipe that Kim mentions she uses the stems for. I heart they have tons of nutrients as well, Hook me up. ! XO
    Thanks ! CarolGay

  14. Great article! I have had my eye on purslane now for a while
    And just started to harvest it . I was searching for something about
    Drying it so was excited to find you blog.
    Can I dry the stem too , I’m sure why not huh? It supposedly has all the
    Vitamin C? Right? It’s super hot here in no cal so I thought if try to
    Sun dry it then powder it . I was reading Wise Woman~ susun weed~ she had a great
    Article on purslane and some real good recipes. I actually have not eaten it yet
    I’ve just been warming up to it~ wow is it packed with calcium, magnesium & potassium ~ talk about Gstorade
    Why do people spend money on that stuff?
    Any thoughts on drying in sun or drying the stem too ?
    Do you have a favorite recipe for a salad w purslane?
    Thanks carolgay

    • Hi Carol Gay,

      You can eat/dry the smaller stems, just don’t use the very thick main stems. I’m sure you could dry it in the sun, it would just take longer than in an oven or dehydrator. As for recipes, I love tossing it into scrambled eggs and cooking slightly, or putting fresh leaves/small stems in a regular ol’ garden salad with homemade italian dressing 🙂 Have fun!

    • Just getting into purslane, like to know if you can dry the stem as well, I am going to make powder but would like to know the other recipes you have for it please

  15. Sounds awesome! That’s great that you can use it for corn starch! Our purslane did really well this spring, but got eaten up the rest of the year. I kept thinking another plant would pop up and take the last ones place and better that than our other more “prized” veggies, but the new plants kept getting eaten too. I do still have a bag in the freezer, although I don’t think it’s enough to make much dried. I should probably just use it as is in soup or stir fry. Thank you for your awesome suggestions!

  16. Would love to be able to try this. Maybe if I find any and get the courage to do so.
    I am always afraid I will miss identify something, and someone may get sick.
    Thanks for your wonderful post!

    • LindaG,

      It’s definitely important to correctly identify a plant before consuming it, but don’t be intimidated! Purslane is one of the easiest things to positively identify 🙂 The internet is a wonderful source for helping one to identify a plant through close-ups and thorough descriptions. You can do it!!

  17. Oh my goodness…we have this in our flower beds already! (I just read the post from back in May.) Hubby has been trying to kill it all year! So…I will pull some up and put them in a planter to grow in a more confined area. Again – THANK YOU!

  18. This is brilliant!
    We are on a grain/dairy/sugar-free diet and this would be great to use in place of cornstarch! Hubby likes gravies and thick soups. I will have to find out where to get some to plant next year to dry.
    Thank you for posting this!

  19. I sure wish I would have known about this during the summer! We just moved to our new farm but our old place had a ton of Purslane and Lamb’s Quarter. I hope we have some here but so far we haven’t seen any. Maybe next year when we get the garden going. I’ll definitely keep this in mind. Thanks!

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