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Old 05-17-2014, 02:45 PM   #1
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Wild asparagus

Went out this morning and picked.....

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Old 05-17-2014, 03:37 PM   #2
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I love asparagus with big fat heads. More flavor. Those skinny ones they sell in the supermarket now have totally devoid of any flavor.
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Old 05-17-2014, 04:30 PM   #3
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Nice!

Reminds me of Euell Gibbon's "Stalking the Wild Asparagus" or TMEN from my hippie daze!

Now that I'm in my hippy days I buy it at the farmers market!

I agree with Addie, I go for the old fashioned fat asparagus, none of that pencil style stuff for me!
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Old 05-17-2014, 07:12 PM   #4
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I don't recall ever seeing wild asparagus... in the wild.
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Old 05-17-2014, 07:53 PM   #5
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Nice. We used to pick grocery bags full along the irrigation ditch banks where DH grew up in southern Idaho. We gorged ourselves and I canned the excess (only way to get it 400 mi. home).

I just picked a fistful from the garden for dinner...yum.
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Old 05-18-2014, 03:26 AM   #6
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I don't recall ever seeing wild asparagus... in the wild.
The stuff that I used to gather was not truly wild. We would find it growing near old building foundations when we went exploring in the country. We used to find it in the summer when the stalks had gone to seed and looked like small boney Christmas trees then file the location away in our memory banks and go back in the spring.
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Old 05-18-2014, 11:06 AM   #7
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We used to find it in the summer when the stalks had gone to seed and looked like small boney Christmas trees then file the location away in our memory banks and go back in the spring.

Yep. That's the way to do it. Urban gleaning is a bit more of a challenge ever since I read that one shouldn't pick plants on park land property.
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I prefer the fat ones too----- because they have more flavor. I used to pick wild asparagus all the time and they 'are' good but not as much..........

I was told that all the 'miniature' veggies that are oh so cute now and so popular don't have as much flavor as the regular kinds. (Not just the young/small ones, but ones that never get big, thanks to plant geneticists.)
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...I was told that all the 'miniature' veggies that are oh so cute now and so popular don't have as much flavor as the regular kinds. (Not just the young/small ones, but ones that never get big, thanks to plant geneticists.)

I agree. When on vacation in Aruba, we buy huge fat carrots at the supermarket that are sweeter and more flavorful than the bagged mini carrots we see at home.
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Old 05-18-2014, 12:06 PM   #10
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I prefer the fat ones too----- because they have more flavor. I used to pick wild asparagus all the time and they 'are' good but not as much..........

I was told that all the 'miniature' veggies that are oh so cute now and so popular don't have as much flavor as the regular kinds. (Not just the young/small ones, but ones that never get big, thanks to plant geneticists.)
They don't. Give me a big hunk of a carrot, potato or any veggie. Sure some of the big ones have more seeds, but that problem is easily solved. Scrape them out if they bother you. Grape tomatoes are totally flavorless to me. I want flavor, not cuteness.
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