The Augustian Asparagus

Only to be found 2 months a year, this underrated delicacy wild asparagus grows in the olive groves around the area of Mystras, which is where head to in our annual foraging tour.

According to Wikipedia, asparagus has been used as a vegetable and medicine and often pictured as an offering on an Egyptian frieze dating to 3000 BC. In ancient times, it was also known in Syria and in Spain. Emperor Augustus created the “Asparagus Fleet” for hauling the vegetable, and coined the expression “faster than cooking asparagus” for quick action.

All depending on the weather and our luck, we return to our kitchen and prepare our lunch. One can either combine them with fresh farm eggs and whisk up an omelet or just broil them and enjoy them with olive oil and coarse salt. A glass of Kydonitsa is well suited as well.