asparagus


Looking out for asparagus 4

The next time you’re driving along in the country, look out the window for clumps of spindly, dark green plants that look like wispy Christmas trees. Congratulations — you’ve found wild asparagus! It’s one of the most unknown of wild foods, which is a shame. It’s delicious, easy to harvest over quite a long period of time, and Euell Gibbons […]


Finding next year’s asparagus 2

May is when you’ll be harvesting wild asparagus, but the time to find it is now! Starting in June and July, wild asparagus grows tall. It branches out and goes to seed, looking very much like a spindly Christmas tree (complete with little red and green seed ball decorations). If you know what you’re looking for, you can pick it […]


It’s asparagus time! 1

The wild asparagus has finally arrived in our part of Minnesota. It was late this year, and we had checked for weeks with no sign. But when an asparagus spear appeared in our garden, we knew it was time to look again. We had our previous patches marked on our map, and as they turned into “christmas trees” in June […]


Finding spring asparagus

While it’s easier to find asparagus in the summer or late fall (when it’s too late to harvest), you can find it in the spring as well… if you know what you’re looking for. The spears of asparagus are nearly impossible to see from the road, unless they’re so tall they’re starting to go to seed. But the dried stalks […]


10 great ways to use wild asparagus

It’s harvest season for wild asparagus, and here are 10 ways to enjoy it now or preserve it for later. First, unless you’re using the entire stem, you’ll need to process it. Break off the bottom inch or so — if the stem is too woody, it will bend instead of snapping cleanly. You can also cut it with a […]