Bath asparagus

Bath asparagus
Bath asparagus

The Wikipedia entry for this plant is brief:

“Ornithogalum pyrenaicum, also called Prussian asparagus, or spiked star of Bethlehem, is a plant whose young flower shoots may be eaten as a vegetable similar to asparagus. The common name Bath asparagus comes from the fact it was once abundant near the city of the same name in England.”

The words “once abundant” are key; the plant is now described as Nationally Scarce (in the UK).

During the abundant years, bunches of Bath asparagus were gathered to be taken to market in Bath.  I would like to taste it, but since we only have 8 stalks that would be 12.5% of the crop…..


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