In Umbria, when springtime sprouts, so do the wild asparagus. It takes about an hour to walk to Assisi from our house: if you’re not foraging for wild asparagus as you walk.
Today, the walk took me about three hours: lots of asparagus to pick enroute. And a few stops here and there to photograph the wild cyclamen sprouting.
By the time I reached Bar Ristorante Da Giovannino (just about a kilometer from our farmhouse) for a coffee stop, I already had quite a bundle.
By the time I was halfway to Assisi, the bunch was too big to clutch in one hand: luckily, Pino was out to do errands and drove past. He stopped and took the bunch home. On I walked…..and by the time I arrived at Assisi’s medieval walls and could spot the imposing 14th century medieval fortress, La Rocca, I knew I had enough not just for a frittata but also for pasta agli aspargi, too. Or risotto agli asparagi.
Maybe I’ll use one for my 2017 U.S. cooking classes in private homes. The unforgettable 2016 U.S. Umbrian rural cuisine cooking lessons tour did feature a recipe set with an asparagus dish: a new one coming up for 2017!
Read about a 1976 wild asparagus hunt – with my first sheep!
Click here to see a video of the asparagus hunt
Click here for a video of wild asparagus-frittata-making
Click here to see a video of frittata-making
Read more about wild asparagus hunts, then and now
Read about a wild asparagus festival near Spoleto
Click here for a wild asparagus recipe
Click here for more recipes….
Read about Novella’s wild asparagus