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EWING, Ill.--Jason Johns is a guide for Todd Gessner Outdoors. But we weren't fishing last night.


He has other interests. And I was happy to tag along with him at an outdoor writers conference at Rend Lake Resort.


And we found them. What is it?

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wild asparagus.

Could be milkweed. Learned that as a Boy Scout 40 or so years ago. Pick it when it's about a foot high or less, cook it up like asparagus. Tastes about the same, maybe better. Growing up in Chicago back then, milkweed was everywhere. My parent neighbors thought I was crazy raiding the alleys for milkweed.

It's asparagus like Tim said. It's not milkweed. I am an Agronomy student about ready to graduate, have lived in the country my whole life, and I'm excellent when it comes to weed identification.

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