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What's In Season: Asparagus

What's In Season: Asparagus

I know that most of the country is still going thru winter conditions, but here on the west coast, we've had a pretty good run of spring-like weather. There are several things that say spring: breezy nice weather, girl scout cookies and fresh new produce. One of the joys of spring is the lovely asparagus. The season begins now and peaks in April/May in the west and May/July in the rest of the US. So now that you know it's in season, how do you go about bringing home the best stalks?

  • Look for straight, firm stalks that do not have a strong odor.
  • Choose stalks with smooth, tender skin, and that have compact (closed) deep-green or purple tips. Make sure there are no fernlike stalks growing out of the top.
  • Narrower stalks tend to be (but are not always) more tender than thick stalks (which can be woody).
  • Choose stalks of similar size so that they will cook evenly.
  • Once you get it home, keep refrigerated or standing upright in cold water. If there's no room for this, wrap the base of the asparagus with a damp towel. It's best used the same day, but should keep for 3-4 days, longer if bought from a farmer's market.
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celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 9 years
balsalic vinegar :rotfl:
LuciLu LuciLu 9 years
That's BALSALMIC vinegar. Sorry for the typo.
LuciLu LuciLu 9 years
I LOOOVE asparagus and have an awesome recipe! I dont have the exact measurements anymore because I make it so often: Place all of the washed and cut asparagus (1 bundle is fine) in a big plastic bag. Add in: -2-3 tbsp balsalic vinegar -2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce -1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil -couple shakes of lemon juice (I use the stuff in the bottle) -dash or so of pepper Shake it all up and let marinate for at least 30 minutes in the fridge. Grill the asparagus on a grill pan or actual grill, turning occasionally and using the rest of the sauce to sprinkle over as it cooks. SOOO YUMMY! :)
controlledspin controlledspin 9 years
I would love any good recipes that you have with asparagus, too :)
controlledspin controlledspin 9 years
I am very jealous that it's in season where you are :) I LOVE asparagus!! :)
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