I was greatly disturbed to read your recent recipe for sauteed milkweed pods (“Sauteed milkweed pods: A recipe to delight the forager,” Aug. 10).

The magnificent monarch butterflies are nearing extinction, and their sole source of food is milkweed.

You had earlier printed an article asking people to plant milkweed, as much of the natural source has been destroyed by development (“Gardeners in Maine, elsewhere can help monarch butterflies thrive,” Feb. 16).

It is too bad that printing a trendy back-to-nature recipe that no one needs will further lessen the milkweed supply.

Elizabeth Reid

Phippsburg