Asparagus is one strange plant to watch grow. Its shoots poke up from barren ground and must be picked every day. The season is a relatively short spring window. This makes them a special treat to look forward to every spring. After being picked for 4-6 weeks the shoots are left alone and grow into tall green fronds that replenish the root crowns. This enables them to be harvested year after year.
Asparagus should be refrigerated in a sealed plastic bag. It will keep for about 1 week, but is best used sooner.
- Lightly steam and serve with a little salt and fresh lemon juice.
- Toss with a little olive oil and grill.
- Lightly seam then chill in ice water to be served cold in your favorite salad.
- Use in stir-fries.