Portulaca oleracea is an annual succulent in the family Portulacaceae, which may reach 40 cm in height. Approximately forty cultivars are currently grown.
Purslane may be eaten as a leaf vegetable. Purslane may be used fresh as a salad, stir-fried, or cooked as spinach is, and because of its mucilaginous quality it also is suitable for soups and stews.
Medicinal uses :
Comon purslane is also traditionally known as a digestive aid, relieves abdominal discomfort due to indigestion.
The sour taste is due to oxalic and malic acid.