marvelous milkweed...crop # 1
If I could only eat one wild edible plant it would be milkweed. (So glad no one makes me choose.)
Traditional literature says to boil milkweed in several changes of water, but that's not necessary. Boiling makes the plant tender and delicious; you'll need anywhere from 5-10 minutes, depending on how young and flexible the raw stem is. Cooking also takes away the milky white sap that the plant produces whenever it's broken.
Here's a suggestion for preparing the young shoots. Check back in 4-6 weeks for the next in the series: milkweed florets!