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NAME: Milkweed

SPECIES / FAMILY:  Asclepias Syriaca / Apocynaceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S):  Butterfly Flower, Silkweed

CONDITIONS: sun
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

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spinach

COOK

Spring

Leaves

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Flower/Buds

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flowers/sweet
buds/peas

COOK
COOK

Summer

Fruits

 

 

 

 

Roots

       

Seeds

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Nuts

 

 

 

 

Pods

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peas

 

 

Stalk/Stem

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION: small-medium

 

COMMENT:Unopened flower buds – cooked like brocalli. Flowers and young flower buds – cooked, mucilaginous texture and a pleasant flavour, they can be used as a flavouring and a thickener in soups etc. The flower clusters can be boiled down to make a sugary syrup. The flowers are harvested in the early morning with the dew still on them. When boiled up they make a brown sugar. Young seed pods, 3 - 4 cm long, cooked. They are very appetizing. Best used when about 2 - 4cm long (1-1.5 inches) and before the seed floss forms, on older pods remove any seed floss before cooking them. If picked at the right time, the pods resemble okra. The sprouted seeds can be eaten. An edible oil is obtained from the seed. The latex in the stems is a suitable replacement for chicle and can be made into a chewing gum. It is not really suitable for use in tyres. The latex is found mainly in the leaves and is destroyed by frost. Yields are higher on dry soils.” (1)

 

CAUTION: Milkweed contains latex, to which some people are allergic, from slightly to severely. “Although no specific reports have been seen for this species, many, if not all, members of this genus contain toxic resinoids, alkaloids and cardiac glycosides. They are usually avoided by grazing animals. The older leaves are poisonous if eaten in large quantities. The plant contains cardioactive compounds and is potentially toxic.”(1)

 

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL: https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-291/swamp-milkweed
“Anodyne;  Contraceptive;  Diaphoretic;  Diuretic;  Emetic;  Expectorant;  Homeopathy;  Purgative;  Warts.” (1)

 

LOOK-A-LIKES:  

 

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: 

·        Dogbane https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apocynum_cannabinum

·        Butterflyweed https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asclepias_tuberosa

 

OTHER USES:  Other Uses: Adhesive;  Fibre;  Gum;  Latex;  Oil;  Pollution;  Stuffing;  Wick. (1)

 

SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, cautions, and other uses):

  1. https://www.pfaf.org/user/plant.aspx?LatinName=Asclepias+syriaca
  2. http://www.eattheweeds.com/?s=milkweed
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asclepias_syriaca
  4. http://www.foragingtexas.com/2008/08/milkweed.html (good photos)
  5. http://www.ediblewildfood.com/milkweed.aspx  (good photos)
  6. https://plighttofreedom.com/?s=milkweed

 

RELATED SPECIES WITH EDIBLE PARTS, BUT STRONG CAUTIONS:

• Butterflyweed: https://www.pfaf.org/user/plant.aspx?LatinName=Asclepias+tuberosa

• Fewflower milkweed: https://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Asclepias+lanceolata