Asparagus is now officially in season as spring and summer come upon us! Asparagus offers a multitude of antioxidants and vitamins. At its peak, asparagus has optimal flavor and is least expensive during these seasons. A great addition to any dish, asparagus is a versatile vegetable that can be prepared in many ways offering any home cook the opportunity to add a healthy component to their meal.
When shopping for asparagus, it’s best practice to find a bunch with firm stems and tightly closed tips. We always recommend using your asparagus purchase immediately, but you can always store them by standing their stems in a bowl a cold water and leaving them in the fridge for a few days.
When preparing your fresh asparagus for cooking, always cut off the tough ends of the stems and recognize that cooking times can vary based on asparagus thickness and personal preference on crispiness. Asparagus can be utilized in more than just a side dish– you can add it to your pasta, omelets, salads, and more!
Asparagus is great unseasoned but you can always add a little flavor with marinades or seasonings! Enjoy the asparagus season!