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Asparagus

Spears of Spring

Once known as "sparrow grass," fresh asparagus of all colors--green, purple or white--is a gastronomic gift of spring.

Lily, Oh Lily


Part of the lily family, asparagus is grown in sandy soils. To cook, wash well under cool water, then steam briefly with the stalks standing upright, stir-fry, or drizzle with olive oil and flash blast in the oven.

Kept in the Dark


White asparagus is just green asparagus that hasn't seen the light of day. To keep it from turning green, it's grown in total darkness under mounds of dirt. Popular in Europe, white asparagus is tender and mild.

Caring for Asparagus


Asparagus tastes best when cooked soon after purchase. Markets should refrigerate their asparagus or store it standing upright in cold water. Wrap stalks in damp paper towels and store in the crisper until ready to prepare.

Comments
F/A-Wags 
May 6, 2011 10:12 am
Once the asparagus has grown enough to cut, do you cut above the ground or below?
 
Pat B 
Jun. 2, 2011 7:00 pm
I was just taught how to harvest wild asparagus this past weekend (late but we found maybe a pound and a half anyway), and was told that if you cut below ground it will come up again next year.
 
REED C 
Jul. 2, 2011 11:45 pm
JUST PLANTED SOME ASPARAGUS (2-YEAR ROOTS) -THIS SPRING AND I WAS WONDERING ABOUT THE FERNS ? Q:DO I BREAK THEM OFF THIS YEAR OR NEXT YEAR ??? THANKS
 
NBC 
Apr. 29, 2012 5:00 pm
I have wild/natural asparagus on my land. It comes back, and I snap it off. Be careful, there is a trick to it. You can feel the breaking point. You can cut also like the mega producers do. Either way is fine.
 
 
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