The best way to cook asparagus

The Best Way To Cook Asparagus

Preparing your asparagus before cooking

Before washing, hold the tip of the asparagus stalk in one hand and the root end in the other. Slowly bend the stalk until it snaps near to the white end. Discard the root ends as they are very fibrous and don’t make for very good eating. Save the green ends for cooking. Fresh asparagus should always be thoroughly washed. Having been grown in sand or very sandy soil, asparagus can trap tiny bits of sand in the tips as they push through the dirt.

Asparagus is incredibly versatile and recipes can be found to transform this humble vegetable into soups, stir-fries, entrées or side dishes, and can be prepared by roasting, blanching, pickling, frying or steaming.

Whatever your method of preparation do not overcook asparagus as it will turn grayish and become limp and fibrous with too much heat. You want the asparagus to retain its bright color and to have a fresh tender crisp bite to it when finished.

Used for thousands of years as both a vegetable and for its medicinal properties, a recipe for asparagus even appears in the oldest known cookbook, the Apicius. But no matter how you prepare it today, asparagus remains an easy to prepare vegetable that is a nutritional powerhouse.

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  1. Hi-
    Try roasting your asparagus–it is delicious! Just toss with a generous glug of good olive oil (1-2 Tb) & kosher salt, lay in one layer in a roasting pan, pop it into a 400 degree oven. After 10 minutes or so, turn the spears, and keep roasting for another 10 or so. It is done when it is brown and yummy!
    This is also a great way to prepare cauliflower (break into florets first) as well as brussels sprouts.

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