Wild Asparagus

Wild Asparagus


I am a huge fan of asparagus. In May, I could eat fresh asparagus (both green and white), new potatoes and butter on most days and be very happy (OK, maybe I would need some bacon, too). You know what’s even better than the good old asparagus, though? Wild asparagus! To be honest, I don’t think it’s actually objectively better than cultivated asparagus, it just sounds more romantic and special. Anyway, no matter the ultimate ranking of asparagus varieties, the wild version certainly does taste good.

If you’ve never seen them, wild asparagus spears are thinner than the ones you’re used to and have a beautiful pistachio colour. Not quite as tender as the best cultivated asparagus can be, they also never get as woody as their bigger siblings often do. The taste is similar to green asparagus, but can differ depending on the soil. It grows in many places all over Europe – including Estonian islands – but can be tricky to see in the tall grass. One can find it in spring at the markets in Brussels in Spring and I’m sure elsewhere in the world.

In case you come across it and you love cooking and/or asparagus, I suggest you buy a bunch or two. It works in any recipe where you’d use the cultivated variety: creamy asparagus risotto with a little truffle oil, asparagus and herb omelette, asparagus with poached eggs and prosciutto, asparagus-and-cream pasta, asparagus tart and asparagus quiche…

You can of course also just eat it on its own, without much adornment. I usually like to oven roast asparagus, but I think wild asparagus is best boiled (as always, take care not to over cook). You only need to add a little butter and salt to turn it into a great dish – parmesan shavings, fried morels and hollandaise sauce are all very much optional. The only thing I really strongly believe is that asparagus needs to be eaten almost immediately after cooking. But that’s usually not an issue.

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  1. 1
    Marianne

    Well, this question has absolutely nothing to do with asparagus, but may I ask your honest opinion on the May Lindström Blue Cocoon? Many reviews make it sound like it’s some magical fairy balm, which does make it very tempting, but at the same time it’s just so ridiculously priced…

    • 2
      Ykkinna

      I do like it, but I don’t think it’s a must-have, unless your skin is very dry and/or stressed. I use it in very specific circumstances: if I’m having a cold and the skin around my nose is sore and flaking; if wind or sun has damaged my skin or something has irritated it. I have also used it on my daughter’s rashes and insect bites. It works very well for that, it soothes and calms the skin. But I’m pretty certain there are cheaper ways to do it. Personally I rarely use it as a part of my regular routine, although there are exceptions (mostly in the winter), as it’s very oily. And although it’s soothing, I would be careful if you have very sensitive skin, because of the essential oils.

  2. 3
    Marianne

    Ok, thanks for the answer! I suppose I’ll just keep insinuating myself that I don’t really need it 🙂

    • 4
      Ykkinna

      I mean, it’s a lovely product to have if budget is not an issue and I’m glad I own it. But I got mine as part Caroline Hirons box and I don’t think I’ll repurchase once I run out.

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