Wild Asparagus: Foraging Guide and Recipes
Good source of vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium and zinc. Very good source of fiber, protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, B vitamins, iron, phosphorus, potassium, copper, manganese, selenium and chromium.
Asparagus helps dissolves uric acid, promotes urination, relieves constipation, and fights hypertension in cases caused by too much sodium in contrast with potassium. With Egyptian illustrations dating back to 3000 BC and with the oldest surviving cook book featuring a guide to its preparation, asparagus is a food that has clearly stood the test of time!
LOOK: The unfortunate thing about finding wild asparagus is that is significantly easier to find once it has reached it mature, and unpalatable woody state. However, with a good eye, young wild asparagus is at least easy to identify – it looks exactly like the asparagus you buy in your local grocery. Wild asparagus prefers to grow near water, though not in it. Look for sunny areas with sandy, well drained soil, on the side of ditches by the road or by bodies of water. I live near a river and have found wild asparagus in a meadow near a cliff immediately near that river, as well as a in a field some ways away from the river, though still near enough that the river sometimes overflows to reach there. I regularly see it growing on the side of the road.
COLLECT: Once you find it, collecting asparagus is simple. You shouldn’t need scissors of sheers to do it. Simply snap off young asparagus stalks close to the earth.
USE: Wild asparagus may be used in any way domesticated asparagus is. Boiled, sautéed, grilled, pickled, even fresh. Asparagus soup is to die for!