Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis) is a spring vegetable and it’s in season in the UK from late April to late June. It’s an ancient plant which was first grown by the Egyptians in 4000BC but it was the Romans who distributed it about the world. The name asparagus derives from the Greek word asparagos meaning sprout or shoot.
The most common type you’ll see in the supermarkets is the green asparagus. They come in 2 sizes, thin or thick. The thicker the Asparagus the more tender it will be.
It has a distinct mild flavour.
Preparation & Storage
Fresh asparagus should be kept in the fridge. The best way to store it would be to put the asparagus in a glass of water, covered with a clear plastic bag and then place it in the fridge.
Cooking with Asparagus
There are so many ways to cook Asparagus. You can boil, fry, steam or roast it. When cooked properly, the color of the green asparagus becomes even greener and brighter, its texture crisp yet tender. Plus it takes only a few minutes to cook.
Broccoli tendersteam would be a good substitution for Asparagus.
Where can I buy it?
Literally anywhere. Supermarkets, farmers’ market and corner shops.