Asparagus Picking Again; Apple Orchard Blooms

The asparagus rows. Some are thick and some grow thin. Pick whichever you prefer.
The asparagus rows. Some are thick and some grow thin. Pick whichever you prefer.

A couple of weeks ago I was lucky enough to go asparagus picking again. Last year was my first time.

Nothing beats the taste of fresh asparagus, especially when it’s snapped off and eaten raw. I love the complexity of the flavor of raw, tender asparagus–there are slight hints of green bean and pea as well. Or maybe that’s just my palate thinking about other delicious spring time veggies.

Apple blossoms
Apple blossoms

While at the farm, I saw the apple orchard in full bloom.

The apple tree branches look woven together like an orchard-sized basket
The apple tree branches look woven together like an orchard-sized basket

It’s so interesting the way the trees look like they are almost sculpted into a fence.

Grab a bench, eat some lunch near the apple trees.
Grab a bench, eat some lunch near the apple trees.

A Walk Around the Neighborhood

pink bleeding hearts flowers
Bleeding hearts

I saw some bleeding hearts. It’s a strange phrase, bleeding heart. And an odd name to apply to this flower. I see the heart shape of course, but bleeding heart? What would I have named it? I don’t know, maybe fancy hearts over bleeding hearts. They also look like little hats too. Maybe I’d have named them something to do with hats.

white apple blossom
White apple blossoms

Here are some apple blossoms. No opinion or controversy with their name 😛

strawberry flowers and asparagus stalks in garden
Too late to pick this asparagus, too early for strawberries.

I like the way the strawberries are growing next to the asparagus. I wouldn’t want to eat them together in the same dish, but it’s nice to think of them as neighbors. That reminds me, I went asparagus picking recently and saw lots of beautiful apple trees in bloom. I should work on posting that soon.

Asparagus season is here! Plus thoughts on Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

Fresh asparagus is a treat. I picked my own for the first time this week and loved it. I had never tasted asparagus raw. Such a tender texture and fresh notes of green bean and pea. It will be difficult to go back to dull, woody, out-of-season, grocery-store asparagus now.

asparagus1
It’s time to pick asparagus.

Last year I read Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver. Until then, I hadn’t considered how or when it grew, and I found the author’s description of it fascinating. I imagined the reddish buds poking out of the ground in early spring, the root systems and clusters of sprouts, or the fern-like bushes that the unpicked stalks will become. Last year I missed the pick-your-own (PYO) season, and this week, after many months, it did not disappoint. Continue reading “Asparagus season is here! Plus thoughts on Animal, Vegetable, Miracle”