I am not too happy with my pictures today. The color scheme is all over the place. However, I’ve been trying to select them properly for the past few hours and I’m over it now… So please excuse forgive me for my lack of play ethic today :0)
I went to the market on Sunday to get some asparagus and came across bunches of wild asparagus. I had seen them on a book cover a long time ago and had always wanted to try some. I expected them to have very little taste and a texture that could only please a cow… I couldn’t have been more wrong!
I steamed them for about ten minutes on top of the regular asparagus while they were boiling and they turned out to be one of the most delightful vegetable I had ever eaten. And since tomatoes technically are considered fruits, I can honestly say that wild asparagus are now by far my favorite vegetable. Even cooked al dente, they are crunchy under the tooth and then melt away in your mouth. As for their flavor, it is somewhere between the green asparagus, the pink/white asparagus and fresh hazelnuts just picked from the tree. And maybe a touch of Jerusalem artichoke in there too… An absolute delight! I had them with a light red wine vinegar and chives vinaigrette. I had intended to eat my “hard” boiled eggs with them, but could not bring myself to mess with their incredible taste; so I ate them first and then the eggs with some cured ham and thyme flowers.
Do try to find some wild asparagus. I promise you will not be disappointed. I am seldom impressed by new produce (new to me), and there are very few I haven’t yet tried, but I will absolutely remember the day I ate wild asparagus for the first time!