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Identifying Wild Asparagus

Fall is here and for a forager, it’s time to start identifying wild asparagus. I always get a funny look when I say I forage for wild asparagus. People say where in the world do you find wild asparagus. If your interested, fall is a great time to find and mark your asparagus patches for spring. Let me show you how to do it.

Where to Find Wild Asparagus?

How To Get Started Foraging

Asparagus likes to grow in open fields and trenches. Often you will find them by roadsides and places where the soil is sandy and well-drained. The best time to find asparagus is in the fall when the asparagus plant bushes out and turns bright yellowish-orange in color.  If you look closely at the plant it should have small berries on it that are red in the summer and turn yellow in the fall.

Wild Asparagus

Wild Asparagus Afar

Wild Asparagus

Wild Asparagus Plant

Mark Your Spots and Return in The Spring.

My Guide to Essential Foraging Gear

The next step once you identify some asparagus is to return in the spring. Here in the Northeast, wild asparagus usually starts to sprout around May to June. Your window is very short. If you miss them then they will be overgrown, begin to bush out, and will not be edible. They can grow very quickly. What you are looking for are young shoots.


You can eat and cook wild asparagus just like the store-bought variety. I like to saute mine in a little butter and garlic. Just remember not to pick too much and leave some for a healthier crop next year.

See the wild asparagus I found this spring.
Also checkout my foraging page for more information and resources.

This is the book I used to help me identify wild asparagus

Edible Wild Plants: A North American Field Guide

Edible Wild Plants: A North American Field Guide is highly recommended. This is a great book to learn how to forage. This book has nice pictures and descriptions. It is easy to follow and I take it with me on all of my foraging hikes. This is my go-to book.

The North American Field Guide is available from these retailers:


Edible Wild Plants: A North American Field Guide


Edible Wild Plants: A North American Field Guide

**Before you forage, please make sure you are able to properly identify what you are picking or seek an experienced forager for guidance.

Identifying Wild Asparagus on Punk Domestics

Do you forage for wild asparagus? If you have any questions please feel free to comment.

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About Financial Forager
I enjoy canning, preserving, foraging and growing my own food. It’s become a way of life. When you grow a vegetable garden, you eat with the seasons. Foraging is the same way. I forage for many types of wild berries and edible plants. Preserving is a great way to store and maintain your garden and foraged finds.

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