Asparagus is in season and that makes me very happy! I love asparagus and I am so happy it is back in the grocery stores. If you aren’t familiar with the popular spring vegetable, here are a few tips to help you enjoy asparagus this spring.
- When picking out asparagus at the store, look for stems that are straight, firm, and deep green in color. The tips should be closed with no flowering. Make sure the asparagus spears aren’t dry or wilted.
- To help keep the asparagus spears fresh, wrap the ends in a damp paper towel or place in a jar of water. Place the asparagus in the refrigerator for no longer than 2-3 days before using.
- Before cooking, cut off the woody ends of the asparagus, about 1-2 inches from the bottom of the spears. Discard the tough ends.
- You can cook asparagus in a variety of ways. It is good steamed, sautéed, roasted, and grilled.