Purslane, known for its high nutritional value, can be used to make a refreshing and healthy juice. Here’s a simple recipe for making purslane juice:
- A handful of fresh purslane leaves (ensure they are clean and pesticide-free)
- 1-2 apples or pears for sweetness (optional)
- 1 lemon or lime
- A small piece of ginger (optional for a bit of zing)
- Water or coconut water (for desired consistency)
- Honey or another sweetener (optional, to taste)
- Prepare the Ingredients: Wash the purslane leaves thoroughly to remove any dirt. If you’re using apples or pears, cut them into chunks. Peel and slice the ginger, and squeeze the lemon or lime to extract the juice.
- Blending: Place the purslane leaves, apple or pear chunks, ginger, and a bit of lemon or lime juice into a blender. Add a cup of water or coconut water to start with. You can adjust the quantity to achieve the desired consistency.
- Blend Until Smooth: Blend all the ingredients until smooth. If the mixture is too thick, you can add more water or coconut water.
- Strain (Optional): If you prefer a smoother juice, you can strain the mixture using a fine mesh strainer or cheesecloth to remove the pulp.
- Sweeten (Optional): Taste the juice and if needed, add honey or another sweetener to sweeten it to your liking.
- Serve: Serve the juice immediately, or chill it in the refrigerator for a refreshing cold drink.
- Adjust the amount of lemon or lime juice according to your taste preference.
- For added health benefits, consider adding a handful of other greens like spinach or kale.
- Always use fresh purslane to ensure the best taste and nutritional value.