Pig Face Pickles & Pole Dancing

Well finally I got to play with some pig face (Portulaca oleracea) and I absolutely love it. The only previous experience I had with this plant was as my most hated nemesis of a weed whilst working as a gardener in the town ship of Tomprice in the Pilbra region of Western Australia. Being totally ignorant of it culinary uses and it’s fabulously tart/sour flavors I cursed it’s very existence every back breaking hour I spent ripping it from the earth only for it to return with vengeance.

Pig Weed (Portulaca sp.) & Sow Thistle (Sonchus sp.)

Pig Weed, Sow Thistle & plant in back unknown

Now I can see the error of my ways I can tell you that it is a most welcome friend on my plate, it is tart and sour and crisp it is very nutritious and if in the rite areas very very abundant hence it’s reputation of being a ferocious weed to many a gardener.
It is also a plant utilized as a food by the Australian aboriginals/Traditional Owners it comes up after their fire stick farming where they burn patches of land over certain seasons and habitats and this is where I harvested mine in one of their burned areas just after rain, in these areas it is like the land has been reborn with many young vibrant green shoots from many species of flora coming up through the ash beds everywhere just like a garden.

Pig Weed, Portulaca sp.
Pickled pig weed (Portulaca olercea) So I decided to pickle some to see how it was and it is amazing as a pickle.
Not long after doing this I found another fresh road kill so I jumped out of the van and quick as ya like chopped his tail off all the time having to watch my back as there were three wedge tailed eagles feasting on the kill that I ruddily interrupted to get my share a new experience for me and I would say probably for them! I didn’t feel to bad as it was a big male Roo and they got the rest and there was plenty of road kill on this road.
My friend Petal and I cooked this up into a big stew with some of his fesh home grown produce and had it acompanied with the pickled pig face a few beers and ciders and I even got some free entertainment in way of a pole dance preformed by Petal himself.
It was a great night with friends and Petal really liked the pickled pig face so I think any pig face that dares to come up in Petals garden is going to be pickled for sure.
I love it when people arent afriad to try new things and I love seeing their reaction and excitement at discovering something yummy when they do, it is a pleasure all of it’s own but not unexpected of Petal as he’s not ya average run of tha mill type of guy hence probably being the only male to ever enter the darwin pole dancing competition……..

I copied this from Wikipedia for your interest
-Purslane contains more omega-3 fatty acids (alpha-linolenic acid in particular[4]) than any other leafy vegetable plant. Research published by Artemis P. Simopoulos states that Purslane has 0.01 mg/g of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). This is an extraordinary amount of EPA for a land-based vegetable source. EPA is an Omega-3 fatty acid found mostly in fish, some algae, and flax seeds.[5] It also contains vitamins (mainly vitamin Avitamin C, and some vitamin B and carotenoids), as well as dietary minerals, such as magnesiumcalciumpotassium, and iron. Also present are two types of betalainalkaloid pigments, the reddish betacyanins (visible in the coloration of the stems) and the yellow betaxanthins (noticeable in the flowers and in the slight yellowish cast of the leaves). Both of these pigment types are potent antioxidants and have been found to have antimutagenic properties in laboratory studies.[6]

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12 comments on “Pig Face Pickles & Pole Dancing

  1. Awesome! I can’t wait to try some…I always thought it looked delicious, but wasn’t sure… !! This is a great blog I just stumbled across today, excited!

  2. Thanks Kelly I’m glad you like it, I don’t think I mentioned it in the blog but I used it in the Roo stew as well, it is a great veggie for sure.

  3. I came across you yesterday from a BIN post, and I love the look and feel of your blog, and the information you pass on from your personal experiences; what you write and how you write it, and most of all your way of seeing, appreciating and loving nature. I only wish you had more photos of everything you mention – eagles, cat, road kill, the land and environment – everything, and even yourself!

  4. Hay James not sure what a BIN post is I’m not very techie. I know my blogs would be better with more picture I love pictures too but when on the road it is hard to stop and get the camera out set it up and take pictures all the time especially on very busy highways were I’m finding the road kill & I’m not even sure I’m allowed to do this in some places and I wasn’t sure many people would appreciate actual pictures of the road kill it isn’t very nice. Also I figure proper nature photographer take better pictures of animals than me and you can google their pictures. I don’t want to live behind the camera when traveling because once I start taking picture of everything I cant stop and you miss so much, I also cant physically carry my camera when I do little walks which is were I normally find the foods because it is to heavy for me and my water, bird book and binoculars come first I afraid. But when the foods are around camp and near the road I will try to take more pictures because I had wished a coupler times I took picture of the big trees I talked about and the actual camping grounds too so I will try to do this in the future mate. Cheers for your interest and feed back 🙂

  5. Hi purefreefood, I’d only want your pictures because I’d love to be doing what you’re doing, and as I read I’m trying to imagine looking out through your eyes at what you see: the loveliness of our country, all our beautiful bush, animals, birds and plants, the sights, sounds and smells. So I’ll be content with what you give. Thank you.

  6. Oh ok I do remember them contacting me about using my stuff great thanks for letting me know that. 🙂

  7. Oh yer that is the best bit, you get all the gelatinous sticky goodies from the bones and disks ect, I love sucking every little bit off the bones 🙂

  8. Yes Ash depending on where you are from both these plants above in your links are referred to as pig face, that is the problem with common names that’s why I always use Botanical names in my work mate 🙂

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