Meet purslane. It is a weed, but a good one. Purslane has succulent fleshy leaves and stems with a slightly acidic flavor close to that of spinach and watercress. This leafy vegetable is offers some neat health benefits; it features in itself Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins, including vitamin A, vitamin C, and some vitamin B, as well as important dietary minerals, such as magnesium, calcium, potassium and iron. It can be fried, sauteed, pickled (favorite in Azerbaijan) and in its raw form it can be used to make this delicious salad from Turkey.
We have a big apricot tree in our backyard. It fact, it is the only tree we have there. And we had high hopes for it when we had just moved into our house a few years ago. We imagined seeing the tree covered in apricots every summer and us happily piling them up into baskets to even more happily devour them. Our dreams crushed when the neighborhood’s gardener told us, “I’ve known this tree for years. It has never borne fruit.” It was a sad moment. We sighed. But I think each of us continued to secretly fancy those juicy sweet apricots on the tree. A year passed without apricots but guess what happened the following year - the tree gave us lots of apricots! Juicy, sweet, delicious apricots! And then it gave more and more every year. What a generous gift of nature!