Purslane (Portulaca oleracea)

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?AXHPS 5 July 2012 Collecting Purslane Seeds
One and one half cups of Purslane (Portulaca oleracea) seed was collected. The tarp screen method works well. The seeds are very small. Annotated photographs depict the procedure.

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?EKMQM 1 July 2012 Threshing Purslane.(Portulaca oleracea)
An experiment is being conducted to collect the seeds of the Purslane (Portulaca oleracea)plants.The Aborigines of Australia were observed putting purslane in a a pile and collecting the seeds after the plants dried.The seeds are touted as to being highly nutritional.I decided to attempt collecting the seeds, and improve on the Aborigine system.There is enough energy left in he vegetation to produce seeds after they have been removed from the soil. Over the last week it was observed that the puslane had flowered.The seeds are very small and fall through the screen mesh with room to spare.This is ideal, since all I need do is scoop them off the tarp, when all the seeds drop.

Construction of the set-up. An impervious tarp platform was constructed using fence posts, rebar, and plastic ties. A fibre glass screen was placed over the tarp, and the purslane plants laid on top. The seeds fall through the screen mesh and rest on the tarp. An ideal situation. The plants will be shaken each day and time will determine when threshing is complete.

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