utorak, 30. travnja 2013.

Sezona šparoga / Wild Asparagus Season



Wild asparagus / Divlje šparoge

Sezona je šparoga!

It is a perfect time for picking wild asparagus!

Asparagus officinalis is a spring vegetable, it is a herbaceous, perennial plant growing to 100–150 centimetres (39–59 in) tall, with stout stems with much-branched feathery foliage. The "leaves" are in fact needle-like cladodes (modified stems) in the axils of scale leaves; they are 6–32 mm (0.24–1.3 in) long and 1 mm (0.039 in) broad, and clustered 4–15 together.
Water makes up 93% of Asparagus`s composition. Asparagus is low in calories and is very low in sodium. It is a good source of vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium and zinc, and a very good source of dietary fibre, protein, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, thiamin, riboflavin, rutin, niacin, folic acid, iron, phosphorus, potassium, copper, manganese and selenium, as well as chromium, a trace mineral that enhances the ability of insulin to transport glucose from the bloodstream into cells.  The amino acid asparagine gets its name from asparagus, as the asparagus plant is relatively rich in this compound.



 



Many people find wild asparagus tastier than store-bought asparagus. This wild plant is not difficult to identify, as it looks very similar to the asparagus you'd find at your local grocery store. Locating it, however, many not be that simple--especially if you do not live in a rural area. Wild asparagus, commonly found amidst prairie vegetation, is usually the product of cultivation by means of birds. Birds pick at the red berries, which are found on wild asparagus in the fall and spread the seeds. Because this wild plant is a perennial, you can return to the same place each season to pick wild asparagus until you fulfill your heart's desire.

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Here are some various asparagus / šparoge in Croatian /  I picked up around my home:






 And, another kind of asparagus that we locally call "kukljari", 
they climb and have very distintive heart-like leaves.
Its taste differ a little from common wild asparagus, they are a little bit bitter.





Escaped asparagus takes on a wild habitus - it is more slender and tender and a bit more subtle in flavour than the garden variety. It usually does not need to be boiled for long; just cut off the woody ends. The tender green shoots are very tasty and can be added to just about any dish.


Next time, I will show you some very simple dishes with wild asparagus that we prepare almost daily during this picking up season.

 
If you would like to read some more :

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Broj komentara: 16:

  1. Ovoga ima i kod nas, moj kum ih je brao. On je iz Istre, pa smo od njega naučili nešto o divljem asparagusu, a od tebe sam sad naučila još neke vaćne stvari vezane za ovu biljku. Hvala ti.

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    1. Mi ti ovo, Iskrice, jedemo doslovno svaki dan dok traje sezona branja, jako je zdravo.
      Kupovne sam jednom probala, nisu me se dojmile, prevodenasto za moj ukus, ove divlje su prava stvar!

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  2. Nisam nikad probala ali sam zaintrigirana mogu ti reci. I blizancicu moj, sta jos ima novo?

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    1. :))
      toliko posla, toliko ideja, toliko maaaalo vremena

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  3. mi smo baš u nedjelju nabrali usput u šetnji jednu hrpicu i odma u ponedjeljak pao je fini rižoto... odlične su mi

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  4. Uf uf, obožavam šparoge! Sad kad im je sezona papamo ih sigurno nekoliko puta tjedno! I nikad mi nije dosta šparoga :D Lijepa količina se našla tu kod tebe :)) Zanimljivo je pročitati koliko su zapravo zdrave!

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  5. O joj, šparoge obožavam!!A ove godine sam ih samo jednom jela u fritaji...Inače sam ih obožavala i tražiti i brati, omiljena proljetna rekreacija :) Slažem se, ove iz dućana nisu im niti do koljena! Inače mi (što je samo par kilometara udaljeno) zovemo ove druge bljušti...

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  6. Que interessante, diz que o aspargo faz muito bem a saúde, eu nunca comi. Um dia vou experimentar, aqui não temos essa planta. De repente tem e não conhecem,os.
    Tenha uma ótima semana.

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  7. I do like asparagus but haven't had any for ages. I should get some.

    Thanks for linking up!

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

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  8. I love asparagus! I haven't had any in a while, but next time I go grocery shopping, I'm going to pick up some. Yummy! Thanks for sharing these asparagus facts at my Submarine Sunday party! :-)

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  9. I have never seen Wild Asparagus in SA, Ana! The normal ones are quite expensive, though - we only have it occasionally :-) Thank you for sharing all this information at our All My Bloggy Friends Party !

    Linda
    With A Blast

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  10. Ana, thanks for linking in to Food on Friday. I have signed up to follow you on my new friend Bloglovin'. I do hope you will follow Carole's Chatter too. Cheers

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  11. I love asparagus, but I've never had wild asparagus! Thank you for sharing this on Fluster's Creative Muster Party!

    Robin
    Fluster Buster

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  12. Thank you for sharing. This is very interesting. I love asparagus!

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  13. Oh this looks delicious! We don't have wild asparagus here but we have wild strawberries and blueberries! Thanks so much for sharing this at Project Inspired! Hope to see you at tonight's party 8 pm EST!

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  14. popodne sam ih nabrala, baš te takve divlje...a sutra budu za večeru :)

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