The spring growth of this plant resembles a cluster of green
fingers. It looks exactly like the asparagus you find in the
supermarket, although sometimes smaller. The mature plant has
fern-like, wispy foliage and red berries. Its flowers are small
and greenish in color. Several species have sharp, thorn like
Habitat and Distribution
Asparagus is found worldwide in temperate areas. Look for
it in fields, old home sites, and fence rows.
Eat the young stems before leaves form. Steam or boil them
for 10 to 15 minutes before eating. Raw asparagus may cause nausea
or diarrhea. The fleshy roots are a good source of starch if
Do not eat the fruits of any since some are toxic.
This is the same plant as the domestic one. Wild asparagus
may be a bit smaller, depending on the soil it grows in. The
stems are only edible for a short while in the spring. They become
tough and woody as they get taller. Caught at the right time,
though, the wild variety is just as delicious as domestic asparagus.