It's asparagus season! You can typically find asparagus year round, but the freshest stalks are usually available February through June; the actual time may vary a bit depending on your location, but don't hesitate to take advantage of this delicious veggie. Some tips to help you tackle these stalks:
- Buy firm spears with tightly closed tips and no wrinkles. Size doesn't necessarily matter - thinner spears are not always more tender than thicker spears.
- Store asparagus bunches in the refrigerator for up to four days - simply wrap the bottoms of the spears in a damp paper towel and place in an unsealed plastic bag.
- The bottoms of the stalks tend to be very "woody," i.e. tough and stringy. You can either trim the bottom of the spears with a knife or snap the ends off - the asparagus will naturally break where the spear starts to become "woody."
And, did you know - asparagus comes in other colors besides just green. The white asparagus is milder and softer, while the purple asparagus is slightly sweeter.