Originally Posted by CWS4322
Just a note re: wild asparagus--genetically, wild asparagus and cultivated are the same--if you don't have access to "wild" asparagus, I wouldn't spend the money on ordering it, I'd go with cultivated or getting it at a local "pick your own" farm. Often strawberry pick-your-own also have asparagus.
I prefer wild--but that is because there is an emotional attachment to the memories of stalking the wild asparagus with my dad, mom, brothers, and extended family. And the season coincided with the opening of walleye season in the spring.
I love asparagus but the season here is very short so I'm extravagant and eat as much of it as I can. The stuff that flies in from Peru for the rest of the year just doesn't hold a candle to the home grown stuff. Like some wine, I don't think asparagus travels well.
I tried growing some once. Gave up after 3 years when I was still only getting the fern. My last-but-one cat is buried where the asparagus bed was.
My secret vice is asparagus steamed over a pot of spaghetti, then cut into small lengths and tossed with lots of butter and a little garlic into the drained pasta.