Asparagus is an “elegant” vegetable with a unique flavor. It can be served in numerous ways, but the key to great taste is to consume it as quickly as possible after purchase.
Asparagus is pricier than most vegetables due to a long maturation period, short growing season, and need for hand harvesting.
Stalk size will vary and is not always an indication of age or quality. The standards are thin and medium, followed by the less-popular jumbo size.
Asparagus is also available canned (best for soups or purees) and frozen (comparable to fresh).
Refrigerate in one of two ways:
Freeze fresh asparagus for up to eight months. Blanch first and drain. No need to defrost before cooking.
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