Wild Edibles- Common Milkweed

By John Greene 1 Min Read

Common Milkweed (Asclepias Syriaca) is a really delicious and nutritious plant, when properly cooked. In this episode, I show:
1. How to properly: identify, forage, and cook common milkweed.
2. How to avoid similar-looking toxic plants.

Here are some key differences to help identify Common Milkweed from other similar plants:

Common Milkweed & Dogbane
1. Common Milkweed stalks are hollow. / Dogbane stalks are solid.
2. Common Milkweed has a single stalk. / Dogbane branches out as it grows.
3. Common Milkweed seedpods are: meaty, shaped like a teardrop, and has soft spikes covering its surface. / Dogbane seedpods are long and slender, similar in appearance to string beans.

Common Milkweed Vs. Butterfly Weed
1. Common Milkweed flowers are often light purple in colour, and sometimes, light pink or even white. / Butterfly Weed flowers are bright red or orange.
2. Common Milkweed sap is white (milky). / Butterfly Weed sap is clear.


Share this Article
I love my involvement with Freecycle USA. We are an organization known for offering Earth-friendly reasons to live a green lifestyle, both big and small. By choosing to reduce your carbon footprint, you’re helping protect the planet for future generations. You’re also protecting yourself from health risks like air pollution and climate change. And by adopting sustainable practices when it comes to food, energy use, and waste disposal, you’re helping protect the natural resources we all rely on.
Leave a comment