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July 18, 2011

Picture of the week (Milkweed)

Filed under: Outdoors,Picture of the week,Wild Edibles — Marcus @ 2:00 am

The theme this week is going to be Milkweed, it is fast becoming a favorite plant of mine, easy to identify, very edible, and has pretty flowers to boot. I will have some info up later this week on how to prepare young milkweed pods to eat.

Besides being human edible, milkweed is the primary food for the caterpillars of the Monarch butterfly, it also provides them with a natural defense since every part of the milkweed plant is extremely bitter, and in turn the caterpillars and the resulting butterflies are so bitter that other animals do not want to eat them.

I took this picture a couple of weekends ago at Paul & Jess’ new farm.

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