Fresh Spring Asparagus

 About a month ago, I looked at my asparagus bed and went huh, I pulled back its mulch just a little and dug out the edges, two weeks ago I looked at my bed and went, come on! already, and went an picked out in the yard “wild” greens, Last week I stood over the bed and gave it a good old fashioned glare, darn cool, wet spring..  I swear the very next day, green heads started pushing out of the soil and finally almost a month late compared to normal, I have lots of fresh asparagus.

Let me tell two cute little stories, both are about DH, the first was when I started the Asparagus said, well you get to it that, cuz I don’t like them.. so the first year when harvest came along and I made my first dish and on the plates it went, and I said, try it before you knock it, and next thing you know, it was “this is so good, nothing like I remember store bought ones tasting like”. Last year, he said to me, I think we need to expand that bed or get rid of it,  this quite surprised me, so I said, why hon, and he says, its just not producing enough, to which I laughed and said.. uh.. well you see your wife kind of tends to pick and eat a ton fresh every time she walks by the bed, so its kind of my fault that you don’t think its producing well 😉 Needless to say, we are planning on expanding the bed.

From The 150 Healthiest foods on Earth Book,  Asparagus has a very faorable rato of potassium to sodium. A cup of cooked aspargus contains a whopping 404 mg of potassium as well as 268mg of folate. Its also high in Vit K, Rutin, which helps protect blood vessels and the anti-inflammatory, cancer-fighting flavoniod quercetin. A cup will give you 3.6 fiber all for the above for only 40 calories.

Farmgal Fresh Asparagus Soup.

  • A handful of fresh picked Asparagus
  • One pull green onion or chives from the garden
  • two large leaves of horseradish -Can replace with other greens as required
  • A cup of sheep milk, a cup of veggie broth -Can replace Sheep milk with whole milk.
  • dill, Basil, black pepper, Dried ground garlic, and turmerac.

Take all your fresh greens and dollop of butter or magrine or oil olive and give it a little fry, then add your veggie or white bone broth, then your sheeps milk, allow to heat but not boil, then thicken with a little corn starch, cook till thick and serve.

If you want to learn more about ontario Asparagus, http://www.asparagus.on.ca/

Do you grow Asparagus? What is your favorite recipe to use it in? Do you eat it raw? or perfer cooked? Did you have a good season in production this year?

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7 Responses to Fresh Spring Asparagus

  1. Deb W says:

    This time of year there’s always a craving, no an absolute compulsion to forage for “wild” asparagus. It’s something that I’ve always had, ever since I was a kid and definitely the strongest when I was pregnant. The fact that our bodies know what’s best for them is no surprise, to me at least… we just need to know what it is that they’re really asking for when those cravings hit, right?
    Lately I’ve been putting it in my scrambled egg for breakfast and steamed for a veg at suppertime. Who was it that sang “I just can’t get enough…”?
    So far, only had store-bought – just getting started in the ditches…

    • Hi Deb, could not agree more, is it easy to spot in the spring in the wild, or do you look for it in the later part of summer when its fern like and then know to come back the next spring, in all my walks in the woods and hunting the ditches around the farms, I dont’ think I have ever seen it growing wild, Good to know that it does grow like that for some folks.

      • Deb W says:

        I keep an eye out all year and map it in my head; but you’re right, spotting the bright yellow “plumes” in the fall is definitely the easiest way.
        If I had to guess how they got there, well they’re usually right under the hydro lines and birds do like their “berries”, don’t they. ; )
        I remember reading somewhere that asparagus is one of those plants that actually likes a higher salt content, so it thrives by the roadside. That same article also advised side-dressing the plants with compost yearly for better yields and thicker stalks.

  2. Daisy says:

    I can never find it in the spring, but see it all over the place once it gets ferny. Drives me crazy! lol My itty-bitty patch right now are wild plants I dug up and transplanted. All of my purchased roots never came back. Last year I started a flat from seed (I figure I have the time to wait, I’m not going anywhere), but I had it out on the porch during the big wind storm…:( Good news is I found the tray they were in and started another flat this weekend.

  3. CallieK says:

    One thing to note about asparagus is that it’s high in oxalic acid and in some people (like myself) it can increase the odds of producing kidney stones, especially if you eat too much and don’t drink enough water to flush it through. I adore asparagus and I overindulged one year and the results were a tad painful. I have to be the first person in history who was advised by a pysician to lay off the green veggies.

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