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Asparagus

About

Asparagus is the young and tender shoots of a perennial plant having erect multi-branched stems and slender branchlets.

Choosing

Look for asparagus with plump stalks. Shriveling indicates age and poor storage. It is available canned or frozen as well.

Storage

To keep asparagus at its freshest, cut off one inch from the bottom of the stems and stand in a container tall enough to hold them upright. Add about two inches of water, cover loosely with the plastic bag from which it came, and place in the refrigerator; otherwise, the stalks could shrivel, diminishing both texture and flavor. Add more water as needed to keep the bottoms covered.

Cooking

Cut or snap off woody bottoms of stems before cooking. Asparagus takes best to steaming or braising and can be served warm or as a salad with vinaigrette.

Nutrition

Asparagus is a good source of vitamin A and contains some iron and vitamins B and C.