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Message Subject Last minute tips for parents when the SHTF
Poster Handle Anonymous Coward
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Helpful wild edibles: Milkweed

Milkweed is a common plant, but a wonderful discovery as a child. What a shame that we become so jaded as we age. Remember the fun of finding a milkweed pod full of its "silk" and playing with it? That silk is one of the best insulation that you can find, and far superior to goose feathers. Say you've made a hole in your down jacket, well fill it back up with milkweed and stitch that up.

It produces a latex, and that keeps some people from eating it. Taking a few precautions in the videos, you can avoid that mostly. The latex is the milky sap that oozes out from breaking off a leaf. It was used during WW2 to make a usable rubber, but not in any great amount. However for us, this property will help us close up wounds, and that sap somehow kills the virus that causes warts. Its scientific name is Asclepias, the name of the Greek god of healing.

The shoots tastes like asparagus, and like that veggie, as it gets woody, you cut that off and use the higher younger portion. The florets are just like delicious broccoli, and the pods can be eaten too. In all honesty, we probably should cultivate this wonderful plant so we have a steady supply of it.

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