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5 essential tips for cooking with asparagus

We've rounded up our top tips for making the most of this British delicacy

5 essential tips for cooking with asparagus

1. Don't judge an asparagus by its stalk!

Don’t avoid the thicker stalked asparagus – these ones are no less tender than their thin-stalked counterparts, they’re simply different varieties. The thicker stalked asparagus is better used in pasta, risotto and roasted dishes though, as it’s less likely to become overcooked.

2. Simplicity is key

Asparagus is very quick to prepare – either pop a colander over boiling water, place the asparagus inside and cover with foil to steam, or simply griddle, turning until charred on all sides. Serve simply with butter for a starter in seconds, or try with flavoured butters.

3. Prepare with care

Everyone thinks you should snap the stalks to remove the toughest part, but this can sometimes lead to wasting too much of the vegetable. Either be very, very careful when snapping, or locate the lowest bending point and trim with a knife.

4. Pair wisely

Wine can be notoriously tricky to pair with asparagus. Fruity wines tend not to go well with the green vegetable, and can end up tasting metallic. As a rule, avoid rosé or wine varieties with an oaky or tannic element. Instead, opt for wines that don’t conflict with its ‘green flavour’, such as sauvignon blanc, pinot grigio, beaujolais or pinot noir.

5. Think seasonally

Traditionally, the British asparagus season begins on 1st May and runs for around 7-8 weeks, but it’s very climate dependent (the soil must be 10C before it even starts growing). If the winter and spring is mild, you can expect to see it in shops from any time in April.

We have a great selection of asparagus recipes. Find inspiration for your next meal here

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