Sunday, October 31, 2010

Gourmet Food - Asparagus

Asparagus is so tasty. I don't know very many people that don't love asparagus and it is really easy to grow. If you know someone that has a patch of asparagus that is not an all male variety, then you can look in the spring for seedling asparagus plants to transplant and start your own patch. I got these beauties this summer, put them in a pot for a few months, and then transplanted them about a month ago. They are already looking pretty good despite being transplanted during the summer heat.

Why pay for asparagus at the store that is shipped all the way from a foreign country like California, Mexico, or some other foreign country? Yes, California is almost a foreign country at least in terms of the distance to ship produce across the continent. This is just an idea if you want to eat local food that you've grown yourself. A lot of good quality produce does come from around the world including California, but if you want to get the local microbes and associated benefits of eating locally grown food, the best way is to grow it yourself.

 The Seeds from which these asparagus plants sprouted were dropped from the variety Mary Washington. They could be crossed with the all-male variety Jersey Giant as a pollinator. Some are probably Mary Washington x Mary Washington and others are Mary Washington x Jersey Giant.

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