Fresh, green and spear like; the asparagus is a distinctive vegetable that not only offers a delightful taste but is pleasing to the eye too!
The season for asparagus in the UK traditionally begins on St Georges Day (23rd April) and ends on the Summer Solstice (21st June).
As we say goodbye to this year’s season for asparagus we are celebrating this fine vegetable with some tips on respecting asparagus.
Respecting Asparagus: Top Tips
- Wash in cool running water. This washes out any sand, grit or soil that’s become lodged in the vegetable whilst it’s been growing.
- Snap off the end. The bottom of the asparagus can be a bit hard, the best way to know where to break it off is to simply use both hands to bend the stalk. You’ll feel the resistance when the end gets hard and can snap it clean off.
- If the ends still feel tough, peel away the top layer to reveal the softer core.
- If you want to store it, wrap it in damp kitchen paper and pop it in the salad draw of the fridge.
- Roast it, boil it, grill it, steam it. Whichever you choose the time will depend on the size of the asparagus, so take care not to over-cook it!
The season has come to an end but you can enjoy asparagus all year round. Make sure next season you order it off the menu for the best taste and always treat it with respect!