Saturday, March 24, 2012

Fresh asparagus

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

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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  1. YUMMMMM! No there is nothing quite like eating something you have grown yourself. Agreed, nothing like store bought!!!! Enjoy!

  2. I need to do what you've been doing with you're aspargus and harvest them here and there. Mine are leafing out real fast. I guess it's the heat.

    I just harvested the best artichokes ever. I've grown artichokes before but the quality of the artichokes was disappointing. Not this year. They're great!

  3. Looks delicious. I just planted 3 bare root asparagus this year, so I guess I have 3 more to wait!

  4. Yum. I don't think I have ever eaten fresh from the garden Asparagus!

  5. I also planted my first asparagus AND my first artichoke. You really have to have a lot of patience with the asparagus it sounds like. Three years? I guess I'll have to hit up the Farmers Markets. I don't think I planted the artichoke deep enough, it wants to fall over. So sad.