Friday, March 19, 2010

Mystery Photo Revealed!

Lots of good guesses over the past few days on our Facebook page, but no one got it just right! The mystery berry above is actually....

An asparagus berry!

Yea. I had no idea either!  Asparagus plants are either male or female. The female plants develop more spears or stems than the male plants, but the stems are smaller in diameter.  After the first year, small red berries form on the female plants in late summer.  We found these berries as we were weeding out the fields for this season (see more photos here, here and here).

Also, another fast fact I just learned: Contrary to popular belief, thinner stems are not an indication of tenderness. Thick stems are already thick when they poke their heads out of the soil and thin stems do not get thicker with age. Tenderness is related to maturity and freshness.  Just one more reason to eat local!

YUM!  Thanks for playing.

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