Thanks to a global market, asparagus is now sold year-round, but its appearance at the store used to mean that spring had sprung. Store spears, cut end down, in a glass of water in the refrigerator. Steam the thinner spears and broil, roast, or grill thicker ones. Or try them with goat cheese and olives in our Asparagus–Goat Cheese Tart. Asparagus are members of the lily family.