We hit the jackpot…when it comes to Asparagus. This is prime Asparagus season here in Michigan, luckily for us it grows wild along the roadside ditches and hubby has an eagle eye for it. I just about get settled into our ride and then all of a sudden, whiplash, he comes to an abrupt halt when he spies some asparagus spears. Hmmm, now that I think about it I know someone else who does that with wildflowers (I won’t be mentioning any names though).
The main reason it grows so abundantly along our roadsides is due to all the salt the county puts on the roads during the winter months. Asparagus grows in soil that is very saline, and if you are a gardener you know salting your asparagus patch is a good thing (just watch out salt will kill the rest of your garden plants). Since we had such a harsh winter the salt was dumped daily on the icy roads and as it melted and ran off it was aiding the wild asparagus.
We get enough to eat daily during the season, the only bad part about finding it in the ditch is hubby normally gets poison ivy right along with it. I have tried to freeze it near the end of the season but it never tastes right to me, so I gave up and we just eat it fresh while it’s available. Have you ever noticed that horrible smell when you use the necessary? I have no idea how it can affect our urine so fast but it sure does. Ok, so that may be to much information.
On a better note, it sure is a great time driving with my hubby, finding asparagus, and chatting. It’s another great day in the country.