Asparagus is one of the oldest wild Mediterranean cultures, and
it was grown here since the old ages.
The Egyptians used the wild asparagus which grew along the
Nile's banks not only for food but also as offerings to their gods,
and, in the pharaoh tombs, pictures of it were painted onto the
The Greeks picked wild asparagus, and, as the Romans, they
believed it to have curative properties, so in addition they used
it as a remedy for insect bites and toothache.
The Romans were the first to cultivate the plant, they even knew
how to preserve it frozen: after picking it in the south, they
would transport it in carriages to the Alps, where they would keep
the scions in the snow for up to six months, and then bring them
back for big celebrations.
The Arabs believed those scions to have aphrodisiac effects, and
they mention them in a 16th-century love manual as stimulants for
love quests. Madame Pompadour had the same beliefs and the French
king Louis the XIV had the scions grown in greenhouses so he could
have them throughout the year.
Wild asparagus is definitely one of the most appreciated
wild-grown cultures in Istria, and is picked from the middle of
March till the end of April.
For more information about eno-gastronomic offer of Istria
please visit www.coloursofistria.com/en/food-and-wine