Foraging for wild asparagus is a matter of knowing exactly what an asparagus plant—wild or domesticated—looks like at each stage of its life cycle. If you don't know, you'll probably have trouble finding it.
Wild asparagus is good eating, whether you just boil and butter the stalks or bake them into a pie.
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A young shoot of wild asparagus.
JOHN E. TRAISTER
Mature dead stalks mark the location where new stalks will grow in spring.