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From the Ground Up: Asparagus

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From the Ground Up is our feature that dishes the dirt on those more unheard-of fruits and vegetables that we don’t want your taste buds to miss out on!

Asparagus is considered a delicacy in the vegetable world due it’s very labour-intensive process of growing. It’s only in-season for a short amount of time and so is relatively more expensive when compared to other vegetables.

What’s it good for?

English asparagus is a very versatile vegetable. It can be cooked in a variety of ways, including: roasting, grilling, and even on the BBQ! It contains many nutrients and vitamins, including vitamins C and K, which promote a healthy immune system.

What do they taste like?

English Asparagus is described by some to have a mildly Earthy taste. Just like mushrooms, asparagus can absorb the flavours of the ingredients it is cooked with, again proving its versatility.

How do you prepare, store and cook it?

To prepare: Simply take the end of the asparagus between your thumb and forefinger and bend until it breaks. The asparagus will automatically break just where the woody part ends and where delicious, fresh asparagus begins!

To store: For the best results, store the asparagus in the fridge. You could even go as far as keeping them wrapped in a breathable plastic bag, stored in the crisper drawer of your fridge as this way it should stay fresh for up to four days.

To cook: The most delicious way of cooking your asparagus is to place it in a griddle pan with some salt and pepper. Cook for 2 minutes turning occasionally until tender; to check this just lift it out the pan with a pair of tongs – if it bends slightly it’s ready!

Availability

English asparagus is only in season May-July, so get your hands on it quickly!

Our Top Recipe

You may have seen on our previous blog where we swapped our usual bread soldiers and dippy egg for an asparagus alternative. All you need to do is sprinkle with sea salt, brush with oil and grill for 5 minutes, then wrap in parma ham and dip in a delicious soft-boiled egg!

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