I love to garden. I keep most of the weeds out~ except the milkweeds! They must stay so that we can enjoy every moment from tiny baby eggs, to the beautiful stripped teen...and then the black and orange dancing parades...of the mature adult monarchs!
As a child, country roads were my playground! We would walk the edges of dirt roads in early summer cutting down milkweeds for grandma to cook up for dinner. We ate milkweeds, burdock, dandelions, puffballs and a few other non-FDA approved veggies. I didn't tell my school mates...and my family kept it to meat, potatoes and corn when friends came for a visit. They didn't taste horrible, (I will only admit as an adult) but looking back~ I would have skinned my knee or come up with some other false emergency to save a monarch house.