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Sep 13, 2007 07:38 AM

a new mystery green?

I spotted this green on a video from the NY Times. Of course, they didn't say what is was. I'm trying to get more greens in my diet, and these look yummy, so I wanted to try it. But, I don't know what to ask for! They kind of look like a sheath of wheat, but totally green, and the head part is flat. Some kind of asparagus, maybe?

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  1. I think that is what is called wild asparagus, don't know if it is actually related to asparagus.

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    1. re: babette feasts

      yes, that's what it is, and yes it's related.

      1. re: hotoynoodle

        I have wild asparagus near my weekend place, it doesn't look like the picture.

        I googled wild asparagus and saw pictures that look like the asparagus near my place.

        "My" wild asparagus looks very similar to the asparagus in the market until it gets older, then it looks similar to fennel fonds (I also have wild fennel) with red berries.

        1. re: Alan408

          my understanding of this is some "wild" stuff is actually just a cultivar gone feral -- like seed spread by birds from somebody's garden. the picture presented by the op matches a google image search and stuff i've seen in kitchens where i've worked.

          1. re: hotoynoodle

            My "wild asparagus" is from cultivated asparagus, there used to be commercial asparagus farming done in the area (Sacramento Delta).

    2. It's a specific variety of lavender. Unfortunately the farm I buy this from doesn't list the varieties on the website or show pictures and I can't remember the type. This isn't it, but you can see the similarities. In the third picture down.

      There is a variety that looks exactly like that and if I find the picture I'll post. Given the Gary Danko reference he's probably buying it from the same place I do ... Eatwell Farm.