This is the third spring for my small (three crown) asparagus patch, which means it's time to eat fresh asparagus! Here's everything that's come up in the past two weeks. I harvested about a half a pound. (The white piece was buried under a hill of compost.)
Homegrown asparagus tastes completely different from store-bought asparagus. It tastes more 'green' and mildly floral, which sort of makes sense, since asparagus was once considered part of the lily family. Not all the stalks came up at the same time, so I kept the early stalks fresh by storing them in a pint glass of water in the refrigerator, covered with a clear plastic bag -- otherwise the stalks would shoot up in the garden bed to three feet tall!
What are you harvesting for the first time this spring?
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