Wild in Sicily

March 16, 2013

Friends came over the other day, arms loaded with wild asparagus. A gorgeous gift! These stalks are damn hard to find–they play hide and seek with you. When you finally spot a lone spear (because they don’t grow in clumps), you have stick your arm into a beehive of prickers to get at them.

Wild Sicilian Asparagus, copyright Jann Huizenga

I have been loving the bouquet (they stay fresh in water). But now it’s time to say goodbye.

They are destined, tonight, forΒ pasta con gli asparagi andΒ frittata di asparagi.

Wild Sicilian Asparagus, copyright Jann Huizenga

Wild Sicilian Asparagus, copyright Jann Huizenga

Can’t wait!

Have a great weekend, and thanks for reading, amici.


Here’s a link to my story about the first time I stalked asparagus in Sicily. It may give you some insight into the lover-boy attitude of the Sicilian male.


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37 comments to Wild in Sicily

  • But they look so beautiful in water! And these shots are nothing short of amazing! I felt like I could grab the beautiful wild asparagi through the screen! Do tell us how delicious the pasta and frittata were! πŸ™‚

  • John Schinina

    Ciao Jann, What a site of those delicous delicate Asparagus, awaiting to be blended into a lovely Fritta and of course some Caccio-Cavallo, hope I’m close to the correct spelling. Enjoy Ragusa, by the way I viewed a site, which showed the new Marina, very impressive.

  • Yum — fresh asparagus! Should be a wonderful meal tonight!

  • How touching..I did not know the facts about asparagus + Thank you. I bet you make a grand pasta + frittata xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

  • I just know you gave those asparagi a good send off Jann. I hope they tasted as good as they looked. One of my absolute favourite things to do in Italy in Spring – eat pasta con gli asparagi. It doesn’t get much better does it? What time’s dinner again???? xxx

  • Yummy wild asparagus Jann. I love your description of how the stalks play hide and seek with you πŸ™‚ Buona domenica πŸ™‚

  • Your portrait of the day and Signor B is wonderful, Jann. Seems you’ve learnt the lesson about making life a work of art. Brava! xx

  • Sweet friends, a sweet bouquet in a sweet pot, and a sweet supper! Now I’m hungry…

  • Lorna

    Your stories always make me want to jump on a plane and come to live with you.
    What a life you’ve created!

  • I remember them. My family and I used to go on food gathering “expeditions” picking almonds (my favorites!), asparagus, snails, and other goodies. It was great fun and loved them all. My mother used to make an amazing asparagus frittata that was out of this world. Thank you for the memories πŸ™‚

    • Jann

      Isn’t it fun to eat hand-picked stuff that you find in the wild? Someday I have to get courageous enough to pick and cook snails. That day is coming, but not yet… Thanks for stopping by, Carmela.

  • Susan

    Sounds and looks delicious Jann! I loved the linked story, very sweet – I understand the machismo thing a whole lot better now too πŸ™‚

  • Natalie

    Love the story and the shots!! Bon

  • It is still too cold here for asparagus. I wish spring would hurry.

    • Jann

      Spring’s been in full bloom here for a while, Debra, though sunny days have been few and far between. (But a sunny spell is starting today, thank goodness.)

  • I bet your pasta will be incredible and how gorgeous they look in that pot…..yum
    love lisa

  • Anitre MacDonagh

    Lucky you, to have friends who will pick the asparagus for you. I would love to be able to find the stuff. But, I am a happy girl to receive a gift of those long thin stalks. I always display them in a beautiful vase for a few days before cooking them up in an omelette. Bliss!
    Your wonderful photos do them justice. Brava, Jann!

  • jan walcott


    Loved, loved your story on Signor Battaglia —- so charming and descriptive! These are the experiences all of us would love to have. I had a wonderful encounter several years ago in Cefalu in the charming calzolaio of a shoemaker who specialized in custom racing shoes for Formula 1 drivers. We discussed (with him gently correcting my Italian) Andrea Camilleri, and soon three other women joined in, excited that an American knew the books of Montalbano. He gave me his business card, and we emailed back and forth several times. Priceless.

    • Jann

      Thank you, Jan. And I loved your description of the encounter with the shoemaker & his friends! Those special encounters are really what we remember from travels, don’t you think?

  • vicki carol

    Beautifully written story. I felt as though I was seeing it all in
    magnificent color. Sad ending but honest to life.

  • To me, asparagus is like a beautiful delicacy. I Loooove. One year for Christmas- I wrapped it around bacon. It was a HIT.

    On my way over to read your piece: Stalkign Asparagus. Xxxxx LOooooooooVE.

  • sue gaughan

    Hi Jann~ I know you are a photographer, however, I just read Stalking Asparagus- and your writing is awesome!

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