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What's in Season: Asparagus

What's in Season: Asparagus

Last week I had my first asparagus of the season! I was surprised to see it in the local supermarket and couldn't resist serving it at an impromptu dinner party. In my opinion, asparagus is best roasted or grilled rather than steamed or blanched. To see my tips for enjoying Spring's asparagus to the fullest,

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  • Asparagus is most abundant between March and July.
  • There are three types of asparagus: green, white, and purple. Green is the most common and white is covered with soil — grown in the dark — to keep it from turning green.
  • At the store look for crisp stalks with firm brightly colored heads. Stay away from soft, limp-looking asparagus. Also flowers are a sign of age, so avoid stalks with flowers.
  • Fat stalks tend to be more flavorful and less stringy than thin stalks.
  • After purchasing, keep asparagus chilled until time to cook. If left at room temperature the stalks become tough and stringy and can lose their flavor quickly.
  • A serving size of asparagus is about eight stalks.
  • Choose stalks of similar size so they will cook evenly.
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ESTONE ESTONE 8 years
I love broiling them with olive oil, they get a little crispy and almost sweet.
GrapeBubbleGum GrapeBubbleGum 8 years
oh! I knew that asparagus was a spring veggie but I didn't realize they went into season as early as march! I'm so excited. Asparagus is my FAVORITE veggie!
TFS TFS 8 years
mm asparagus is so yummy when its cooked just right. ESP when you over cook it with olive oil & mixed herds.mmm
skilledatlife4 skilledatlife4 8 years
Yum, asparagus rocks!
rumpel2 rumpel2 8 years
i love asparagus!
fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
Asparagus means Spring! The start of NUMMY SEASON! *doing happy dance*
Marci Marci 8 years
I've been serving asparagus 3 times a week lately. The price is right and it's always soooo good. I usually put it in a bowl with the stems in water in the fridge and have found they stay fresher longer that way. I got the idea from the stores, since they usually have them in water.
busybeegal busybeegal 8 years
Any way you prep it - I LOVE asparagus!
will205 will205 8 years
i like asparagus - and i think it's funny what they do to your urine!
caryatid caryatid 8 years
i like to roast asparagus with baby red potatoes with olive oil and garlic. yum!
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Delish...
emalove emalove 8 years
I love aspargus, it's so good!!
CiaoBella2 CiaoBella2 8 years
Lately I love to grill asparagus with a touch of olive oil, serve it topped with shavings of parmesan cheese.
ur_momm ur_momm 8 years
Asparagus is so amazing. i try to buy some every week. i often bake it in the oven with oil, salt and pepper. Mmmm so good. or in a pasta salad with cherry tomatoes...
Alisha_Stiletto Alisha_Stiletto 8 years
Asparagus is my favorite. Asparagus pee however, is not.
juliegal juliegal 8 years
i love asparagus but hate asparagus pee smell!!!
fuzzles fuzzles 8 years
<---- LOVES ass-per-grass! A little buttah, a little parm reg, some lemon juice and salt and pepper. HEAVEN!
mlen mlen 8 years
asparagus is one of the few veggies i actually like! ilanac- grilled asparagus is great- drizzle some olive oil on it and sprinkle some salt and pepper on it and throw it on the grill til it leaves those nice grill marks- yum!!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i've personally always steamed/blanched it and i love it - but now i might have to try griling it since you've made the recommendation. i LOVE asparagus and i'm looking forward to it being in season, less expensive and more flavorful.
mlo319 mlo319 8 years
My town has an Asparagus Festival...I love fried asparagus!
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