PLANT PROFILE

 

NAME: Asparagus

LATIN NAME / FAMILY:  Asparagus officinalis /            Asparagaceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S): 

CONDITIONS: sun, sandy soil, riverbank
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

young

asparagus

RAW/COOK

Spring

Leaves

       

Stalk/Stem

 

 

 

 

Buds

       

Flowers

 

 

 

 

Fruits

 

 

 

 

Pods

 

 

   

Seeds

coffee sub

ROAST

 

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Roots

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION: medium

 

COMMENT/CAUTION: “Male plants produce the best shoots. Do not over-harvest the plant because this would weaken it in the following year. The shoots are a good source of protein and dietary fibre. Roasted seeds are a coffee substitute.”(1) “Large quantities of the shoots can irritate the kidneys. The berries are mildly poisonous.”(1) Not explicitly wild, but a cultivar that has naturalized across the country.(3)

 

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL: 

 

LOOK-A-LIKES:  

 

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: Baptisia - http://foragerchef.com/baptisia-a-wild-asparagus-look-alike/

 

OTHER USES: https://www.pfaf.org/user/OtherUses.aspx

 

SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):

  1. https://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Asparagus+officinalis
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asparagus
  3. https://honest-food.net/foraging-finding-wild-asparagus
  4. http://wholefedhomestead.com/how-to-hunt-and-forage-for-wild-asparagus