Who knew? Purslane, a native Arizona plant I included in one of my novels, also grows in our Iowa back yard. But I only recently discovered at the Des Moines farmers’ market that purslane is edible and also offers a TON of health benefits.
Suffice it to say I’ve now re-instated a weed into my vegetable patches. And we’re eating purslane in salads, soups, and a truly delicious pesto.
Sometimes we say, “Who knew?” about other treasures hidden in our own heritage. Maybe a fresh whiff of wisdom reveals a different side of a conundrum that has puzzled us for years, and we grasp the meaning behind someone’s behavior.
Maybe even our OWN behavior . . . life’s journey finally exposes a facet that we’ve missed until now. In the past couple of years, for example, my husband has discovered amazing sights, simply by taking the time to look up.
Until Now might make a good title for a novel some day … Kate, the heroine of With Each New Dawn, experiences many until now moments. Maybe that’s because as an orphan, she entertains so many questions about her past.
What a positive thought–the more questions we have, the more opportunities for new discoveries. May the rest of your summer send some your way! (Just found a purslane plant with bright yellow blossoms!)
Great blog. Great message. Like the length of it. I’m writing (but not publishing) some blogs, and I have trouble keeping them under 300 words. I tend to be verbose and say the same thing over just using different words. Some time I’ll tell you about 2 rules my English writing prof gave us and I still try to follow. Do you have an e-mail list to receive your blogs? Is that something beneficial writers should do?
Thanks for stopping in here, Karen. Having that list would be good – I don’t have one, officially. Maybe I should look into that.
I have the same tendency toward verbosity. THAT’S why I campaign for authors to ALWAYS get an editor. I do edit for some folks, and saying things 2 x is one of the most frequent “fixes”!
Enjoyed your post.
Thanks – I just added chopped purslane to chicken salad w/dill pickle/celery/grapes. YUM!! Maybe I’ll write a purslane cookbook (: Have you ever tasted it?
Excellent observation – and the idea that “asking” the question is the beginning of starting to “understand”. Neat to know about “weed” too.
Have you seen this in AZ, Machelle?