Today's Wonder of the World is...Asparagus!*
Flickr photo by Robertson the Bruce
I love this photo. It makes me feel like I'm an ant in a forest of asparagus.
Aren't the spears beautiful?
I had never eaten asparagus until I was a full grown adult.
If you've been eating it all your life, you may take it for granted. Not me. I find it amazing.
In France, white asparagus was very common. It's pretty too.
Flickr photo by marilyn819
Tender tips of asparagus sauteed in butter make me want to do ballet.
If I was brave I'd join these guys.
Flickr photo by Commonorgarden.
This just might embarrass my family.
Todd just walked in and looked over my shoulder. Now he's shaking his head and walking out of the room.
He thinks I've gone crazy.
To be honest, when he told me he wanted to spend his birthday money from my parents on asparagus plants for his garden, I thought he was the crazy one.
A week later a FedEx package arrived. I opened it up and thought some long-legged jungle spider was about to get me.
Flickr photo by The Kitchen Gardener
This is what farmers like Todd call asparagus crowns. They're what you plant in the ground to get asparagus spears. If you know all of this already, please forgive me. I'm just a city girl, remember? (By the way...that hairy arm? Not mine, just so you know.)
After we --I mean Todd--planted the crowns and waited a while, this is what we saw.
(Not this exactly--it's another public flickr photo. I couldn't get a good shot of our own.)
Flickr photo by digitalGecko
Cute little baby asparagus spears!
StinkNRose, the lady who sold Todd his crowns, (and yes, she goes by that name) said that we wouldn't have asparagus spears to eat until the third summer. They are too teensy to eat anyway. But they're fun to look at.
See how they've grown...
Right now they're just flowering. They have the prettiest tiny bell shaped flowers.
I hoped to be able to share my most favorite meal with you. It's shrimp with asparagus and pine nuts on penne pasta, and I always order it from Portofino's, a local Italian restaurant in Greenville, SC. If you're ever in the neighborhood, you must try it. (And call me! I'll come with you!) I thought I remembered them sharing their recipe with the public, but I couldn't find it online. But I did find one that sounds awfully close. Click HERE for the recipe. I'm going to have to give it a try.
Just thinking about asparagus makes me happy. Maybe I'll do a little dance.
Flickr photo by Commonorgarden
I'll try to look happier than these guys.
Maybe its the tights.
Have a wonder-full Monday!
And enjoy these musical veggies. The asparagus recorders show up around 2:00!
*Becky is off at the beach at the moment, writing furiously or maybe just staring into the sun, frying what's left of her brain. This is a recycled wonder from Spring of 2008, but it's still fresh...sort of. And look what it does for the environment!
Please do leave a comment. Becky will be checking in from the nearest internet coffee shop and you'd absolutely make her day!