These were found in the Snake River canyon about twenty miles from Twin Falls
That is really neat, Dennis! I lived down there, above Shoshone falls, in the snake river Canyon, when I was about 2. When we hunted asparagus though, it was up on the way to Gerome, or Filer... along the fences.
I remember a bridge going out of Twin Falls that used to 'sing', it made an undulating, melodic noise when you drove over it. I've been back a few times as an adult, actually driving myself, but could not find the singing Bridge.
I love the snake river - about 10 years ago I sat on the bank of it in Ririe, thinking of how I used to watch it from my grandmas backyard in Twin, I miss that river! I'm sad to know they are spraying the banks.
Something incredible about asparagus: once established, the same plant can produce spears for 25 years! That is a really long life for a vegetable. Probably my favorite perennial.
Has anyone ever tried them raw? I was surprised to discover they are crisp and sweet that way (always been a saute-with-butter-and-salt type person!)
Dennis, I think digging up a few plants and transplanting them to a spot - out of round-up's way, possibly your own backyard, may be in order! The root crowns look like big sleepy spiders to me. I wish you happy foraging, and thanks for sharing the photo!