Considered one of the delicacies of the vegetable world, Asparagus is known for its distinct, intense savoury flavour. Since Asparagus is amazingly versatile: it can be steamed, simmered, roasted, battered, grilled, sautéed or wok-fried and incorporated into multiple cuisines.
Asparagus is slender in shape and has firm stalks with spears in it. It is woody and fibrous in texture.
Bright, clean with earthy undertones, Asparagus is mildly salty and bitter. However, while cooking it absorbs flavours of other ingredients in the dish. If it is too bitter or sour, they're past its prime or overcooked.
Asparagus should be tightly furled and perky and not limp. Pick the one with straight and firm shoots.
To store asparagus in the refrigerator for up to a week, stand the asparagus up in a glass or jar with enough water to cover its end, loosely cover the top with a bag.
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