You know that freezing cold room at Costco where the fruits and vegetables are?  I always have to mentally prepare to go in there and immediately regret my choice of leaving my hoodie in my car.  I have to suck it up and go in though because there is one vegetable that I would eat every day if I could and Costco normally has a pretty good price on it.  That veggie is the one and only asparagus.

Turns out, I can skip that freezing cold room at Costco because asparagus is popping up all over Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois...and it is free.

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Photo by Inge Poelman on Unsplash

Way back in the day, when I was sporting one of those awesome '80's perms, I was pulling carrots out of the garden and eating it raw, catching lightning bugs when it got dark, and drinking out of the garden hose whenever I was thirsty.  I NEVER had a water bottle with me and NEVER remember drinking water on purpose.  It is amazing I didn't shrivel up from dehydration back then.

My childhood was spent in one of the "bigger" Iowa towns and all around us, in the ditches, was asparagus.  I could point it out without a problem as we drove outside of town.  You could have grabbed piles of asparagus if you wanted to.

Fast forward a few decades and once again, asparagus is growing in the ditches, looking absolutely delicious, and ready for you to throw on the grill.

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Important Things To Know If You See Asparagus Growing in the Wild in Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, or Wisconsin:

  • Be careful of areas that have been sprayed with chemicals.  If something was sprayed on a plant to kill it, you probably don't want that going in your body.
  • Do NOT just pull the asparagus out of the ground.  Move some of the dirt away and cut about 1 centimeter down.  You can check out the YouTube video below to learn why this is important.

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Talking about bodily fluids is not something you would normally just mention on an elevator with a random stranger, but we are going to pretend we are best friends for a sec and have this awkward conversation about pee.

I feel like asparagus gets a bad wrap because while yes, it can cause pee to smell a bit funky for a bit, it is not the only food or drink that does.  Below is a whole list of foods and drinks that could cause a little odor change temporarily.  Scroll through because the one at the end...I think it might shock you.

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