No other green vegetable heralds the beginning of spring quite like asparagus. Learn how to choose the freshest bunch, how to store it and how to cook asparagus with our helpful tips. Although now available year-round thanks to imports, asparagus is still most plentiful and reasonably priced from early March through mid-summer when domestic crops are harvested. This popular vegetable is a member of the lily family and ranges in color from green to purple to white. Green asparagus is the most common U.S. variety. Although most of our asparagus recipes feature cooked asparagus, this gorgeous green veggie can be served either hot or cold in side dishes, salads, as pizza toppings or in stir-fries, pasta dishes, quiches and omelets.
Before you learn how to cook asparagus, you must know how to choose the perfect bunch.