Kulfa (Pigweed)

We have been hearing since childhood that most nutrients are found in green leaves. Iron, calcium, vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber are found in abundance in green leafy greens and there are many benefits of eating them. Kulfa (Pigweed) is also one of the greens with green leaves. Fresh leaves of Kulfa can be successfully incorporated into various dishes to increase calcium and iron. (Study)

Kulfa, also known as purslane, pusley, little hogweed or Luni greens, is used in summer. It is found growing as a weed in empty lands. Most people like it for taste because it has good sourness. Overall is paramount in its medicinal effects. It is one of the oldest leafy vegetables that is used in  Europe, Asia India, Japan, Africa, Australia, and America. It is eaten as salads and vegetables.

In Ayurveda Kulfa know as Lonika which is use for create herb of pitta dosha phelgem.

The entire plant is edible including leaves, stems, flowers, and seeds, its leaves appear thick, mucous. Apart from this, its yellow flower buds are also preferred since ancient times it has been used as folk medicine.

In fact, Kulfa (Pigweed) can be called “superfood” due to the vitamins and minerals found in this herb.

Other Name Kulfa (Pigweed)

Ayurvedic Brihat Lonikaa, Lonaa, Loni, Ghoddhika, Ghotikaa, Upodika

English Garden Purslane, Common Indian Purslane, Purslane

Hindi Khursa, Kulfa, Badi Lona

Unani Kulfa, Khurfa

Common names Purslane, Pigweed plant

Sanskrit Lonika, Loni, Ghotika.

Gujrati Luni, Loni, Moti Luni

Tamil Pasalai, Pulikkirai

Kulfa is known by many common names such as Pigweed, Kulfa, Pourpier, Rigla, little hogweed or Luni greens, Pourpier (French), Gelber Portulak (German) Portulak (Danish),  Portulakk (Norwegian), Verdolaga (Spanish), etc.

Purslane, Kulfa (Pigweed) Nutrition Facts

WHO (World Health Organization) has included it in most widely used medicinal plants.

Nutritional value per 100 g USDA Database
Energy84 kJ (20 kcal)
Carbohydrates3.39 g
Fat0.36 g
Protein2.03 g
Water92.86 g
Vitamin A1320 IU
Thiamine (vitamin. B1)0.047 mg (4%)
Riboflavin (vitamin. B2)0.112 mg (9%)
Niacin (vitamin. B3)0.48 mg (3%)
Vitamin B60.073 mg (6%)
Folate (Vit. B9)12 μg (3%)
Vitamin C21 mg (25%)
Calcium65 mg (7%)
Iron1.99 mg (15%)
Magnesium68 mg (19%)
Manganese0.303 mg (14%)
Phosphorus44 mg (6%)
Potassium494 mg (11%)
Zinc0.17 mg (2%)

Medicinal Uses and Health Benefits of Purslane, Kulfa (Pigweed)

Kulfa (Pigweed) is commonly referred to as a “longevity food” due to its reputation as a “natural antibiotic”

Improves Heart Health- Omega-3 fatty acids help to reduce the amount of LDL (bad) or bad cholesterol in the body as well as helps to boost cholesterol balance.

Anti-cancer- In particular, purslane seeds are more effective in antioxidation than other herbs. Which plays an important role in human growth and development as well as disease prevention. (Study)

Asthma- Vitamin A-rich Purselane extracts are known to help protect against oral cavity cancer.

Strengthens Bones- Pursalen contains important nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, iron for bone health, so consumption can help prevent osteoporosis.

Eye Vision- Consuming natural vegetables and fruits rich in vitamin-A and beta-carotene is known to improve eye health and vision.

Improve Skin- Both Kulfa (Pigweed) leaves and seeds can be eaten or applied orally to soothe skin allergies. Its extract is particularly effective in the treatment of insect stings. (study)

Diabetes- Currently, there have been some related reports on the treatment of diabetes with purslane. One study may significantly improve glucose tolerance in diabetic rats.

Pregnancy / Lactation– Be sure to consult a doctor to consume it during pregnancy/breastfeeding.

Side-effects/Caution

Eating a large amount of raw Kulfa (Pigweed) is harmful.

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