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Took a little fishing trip yesterday. I know a little creek that is in a wildlife management area. I was surprised to see the banks deforested. For years it was covered by Russian Olive, so rather than cut out a few every year they do this. Then next year they will come and burn the piles. I can’t help but wonder how this loss of habitat affects the native trout population, but Fish and Game manages this area and they should care for fish...should care!
This did make Asparagus hunting easier and had a nice little bag when I came across a patch of yellowish ones right on the bank of the stream. Looking up the grass was yellowing too. All along the bank they had sprayed a herbicide.
Your tax dollars at work. I’m tired of people not caring about life on this planet.
The Asparagus was delicious!
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Wow, those look delicious.

My first experience gathering wild plants: Asparagus in Idaho.  I was around 5, and I remember walking along the fence of big rectangular fields.  I remember my grandma telling me that the asparagus liked to grow where the birds leave their droppings, and looking up at the power lines along the road, where all the birds were hanging out.  I have no idea what the regular crop was in the field.  Must have been gathering somewhere near Twin Falls.  

Thanks for sparking the memory!
 
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Annie Daellenbach wrote:Wow, those look delicious.

My first experience gathering wild plants: Asparagus in Idaho.  I was around 5, and I remember walking along the fence of big rectangular fields.  I remember my grandma telling me that the asparagus liked to grow where the birds leave their droppings, and looking up at the power lines along the road, where all the birds were hanging out.  I have no idea what the regular crop was in the field.  Must have been gathering somewhere near Twin Falls.  

Thanks for sparking the memory!



These were found in the Snake River canyon about twenty miles from Twin Falls.
 
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These were found in the Snake River canyon about twenty miles from Twin Falls



That is really neat, Dennis!  I lived down there, above Shoshone falls, in the snake river Canyon, when I was about 2.  When we hunted asparagus though, it was up on the way to Gerome, or Filer... along the fences.  

I remember a bridge going out of Twin Falls that used to 'sing', it made an undulating, melodic noise when you drove over it.  I've been back a few times as an adult, actually driving myself, but could not find the singing Bridge.

I love the snake river - about 10 years ago I sat on the bank of it in Ririe, thinking of how I used to watch it from my grandmas backyard in Twin, I miss that river!  I'm sad to know they are spraying the banks.  

Something incredible about asparagus:  once established, the same plant can produce spears for 25 years!  That is a really long life for a vegetable.  Probably my favorite perennial.  

Has anyone ever tried them raw?  I was surprised to discover they are crisp and sweet that way (always been a saute-with-butter-and-salt type person!)

Dennis, I think digging up a few plants and transplanting them to a spot - out of round-up's way, possibly your own backyard, may be in order!  The root crowns look like big sleepy spiders to me.  I wish you happy foraging, and thanks for sharing the photo!
 
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This one is in my food forest. I try to relocate a few each season.
As a young boy I would spend a month or so each summer at my grandparents in Twin Falls. My first job was helping grandpa at his auction. I was upset when I found out they rebuilt the singing bridge. We still call it the “singing bridge “. The summer in Idaho gave me a nice balance to California. I love to wild areas around the Bay Area, but as I told my therapist, “when I imagine my safe place I smell sagebrush.” So I had to come home.
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May be you can go to the asparagus patch when it has the little red 'fruits' with seed and collect some.

The easiest way I found to extract the seed was wait until the 'red tiny fruit' ( about blueberry or smaller sized) softens, i would one-by-one crush them into a cup of water...the fruit skin would float and the seed would sink..dry, label, and store

I heard t is very reliable from seed and i know one plant produces a lot of seed.
 
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This reminds me, I need to go looking for wild asparagus around my place, see if I have any growing on my land. I know it grows a little lower down on the mountain, but need to look around my 40 acres to see if I can spot any patches of it growing already on my place. If not, then I want to try seeding some of the local stuff into likely places on my property.
 
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Well I did find some small patches on my place. Not nearly enough for my taste. So I will be working on seeding it into more places around the property.
 
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