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Old 05-16-2012, 09:09 PM   #61
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I'm going on a ramp-age this weekend and hoping to keep my morels intact.
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Old 05-16-2012, 09:10 PM   #62
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I've never seen asparagus in So. California or in the states I most often visit, northern Arizona and Utah, not that I'd expect to find asparagus in the desert areas I visit.

Well I see a lot of it in supermarkets.
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Old 05-16-2012, 09:11 PM   #63
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Time to find some sandy spots along irrigation ditches...
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Old 05-16-2012, 09:20 PM   #64
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I've never seen asparagus in So. California or in the states I most often visit, northern Arizona and Utah, not that I'd expect to find asparagus in the desert areas I visit.

Well I see a lot of it in supermarkets.
Arizona is one of the states that produces a lot of asparagus for suppermarkets. In another life, I was a tour manager. One of the couples on one of the tours was from AZ and they were asparagus farmers. From the gentleman, I learned that asparagus grows 1/4 inch after it is cut.
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I've never seen asparagus in the Grand Canyon. Unless I brought it of course. :)
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Old 05-17-2012, 12:11 AM   #66
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I've never seen asparagus in the Grand Canyon. Unless I brought it of course. :)
Do you know what it looks like in the wild? I don't think they are that obvious.
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Old 05-17-2012, 08:25 AM   #67
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I lived in Utah for a while, and asparagus does indeed grow along the irrigation ditches.
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Old 05-17-2012, 09:42 AM   #68
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spugnola funghi

CSW,

firstly, gorgeous foto and i love spugnola variety as they are called in italia and in spanish they are called colmenilla

they are refined and delicate and have a spongy appearance.

i sauté in EVOO with minced garlic and sea salt and finely chopped parsley, divine ... nothing more ...

CSW, i would however, suggest sincerely that u have a biologist botanist take a look at your land to insure safe gastronomic edibility

one can find the local universities only to pleased to take a look in confidence for a TAPA sized appetiser ! one can benefit on the knowledge imparted greatly ---


have a lovely day
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Well I'll prepare for camping next time by reviewing what wild asparagus looks like.
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Old 05-17-2012, 12:30 PM   #70
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Well I'll prepare for camping next time by reviewing what wild asparagus looks like.
Wild asparagus looks just like that you see in the store, only the stalks aren't a uniform size. Also, when left on its own, it will branch out before it goes to seed. You can still eat it, but you'll have to top it higher up. I ate my wild asparagus last night. In 10 days, I'll be harvesting it again--I'll photograph it before I harvest it for you. The bigger the stalk (diameter), the older the plant. The "rule" I was taught was that we could harvest it from about May 15 (coincided with the opening of walleye fishing season) until July 4th. That was in MN. I have been gathering and eating wild asparagus since I was knee-high to a grasshopper (translated--that is a very, very long time).
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