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By LuAnn Schindler
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Adventures in stalking

Hunting for treasure

 

LuAnn Schindler

Striking green • Scott Schindler picks wild asparagus at an undisclosed location in southeast Holt County. The plant is native to the Mediterranean region. Queen Nefertiti called it "food of the Gods."

On a lazy Saturday afternoon, I slip on my chore boots and head to the farm. They're heavy, caked with mud from the last outing, but required wear for where we are headed.

Scott hops in the truck and leads us to a vibrant mecca, a hidden spot loaded with nature's finest food: wild asparagus. He slows the vehicle to a snail's pace, his eyes perched on the driver's side ditch, while I scan the other side.

In parts of Antelope, Holt and Wheeler counties, the feral version of asparagus officinalis blankets ditches and hay meadows. The flowering perennial used to belong to the liliae family. Now...



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