The expensive prices at the grocery stores are misleading: asparagus is actually extremely easy to grow. And to forage (for free!)
In addition to the small patch that we have growing in our yard, there are wild asparagus patches along the street we live on. So me and the kids went for the walk yesterday evening to find some.
Warning: This post is picture heavy. Mostly of my children. You’re welcome.
Before we began the children insisted that I take pictures of them doing tricks.
Like splashing in puddles.
And running down the driveway.
This one was candid. Aren’t they cute?
Asparagus patches are scattered down the sides of our country roads, hidden amongst high grasses and kept company by all kinds of critters.
I feel like asparagus is sneaky because there’s no sign of it anywhere and then suddenly– BAM– it’s there. Seriously, we have asparagus growing in our yard and we’ve tracked it growing a few inches in a day. It’s amazing.
Because of its rapid growth you have to be careful not to let it stick for long because it’ll go to seed . Here’s some asparagus that’s gone to seed since our last visit about a week ago. Even though it’s too late to eat these, these big bushy stalks are a good indication of where to search for more asparagus.
Do you see the one we can pick? In the very middle?
It doesn’t look like some wild foreign variety. It looks like regular, traditional asparagus. It’s easy to spot.
You find the asparagus. You pick the asparagus. Then you eat the asparagus.
We generally eat them raw. As you would assume, when you find them fresh they’re less bitter and carry a better flavor. The stalks, even when thick, are more tender and easier to chew as well.
Our view on the walk home. It doesn’t get much better than this.