1. The stem is edible before it turns into thickened stem. **Suggested cooking possibility: Boil 1 min, drain, boil 1 min with soda (to remove tough skins), drain, Boil until tender like asparagus. Boiling three times removes bitterness. Some feel this is not neccesary.
2. The young 2 inch milk weed pods are edible before it turns into silk ** or may be fried.
3. The flowers are edible. May be fried.
4. The leaves are edible. Anytime. **
You may also add milkweed to stir-fry.