Wild asparagus - Umbria, Italy
Christine Lepisto, who divides her time between a rehabilitated neighborhood in Berlin and an organic olive farm in Umbria (Italy), is currently going nuts for this hard-to-find wild vegetable:
"Wild asparagus! I like it best in asparagus risotto, but asparagus frittata comes a close second. It grows in the Umbrian forests, feathery bushes mark its location. Picking the wild stalks requires entering a perfect zen state, learning to really "see" the forest floor. Until this art is perfected, the camouflaged plant appears and disappears like a dancing fairy as your mind vetoes "seeing" in favor of an illusion of what a forest floor should look."