Buying white asparagus: tips & tricks (what should you pay attention to?)

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We can’t believe our luck: the white asparagus is back! But how do you ensure that you also get real gold with the white gold? In other words: what should you pay attention to when you buy white asparagus? Culy gives tips.

The Dutch asparagus season is from the beginning of April to 24 June. So it’s time to stock up!

White and green asparagus are grown in the same way, but white asparagus remains underground. Green asparagus is just above the ground. Purple asparagus has protruded their heads slightly above the earth and therefore caught a little bit of light. They are all delicious, but: what should you pay attention to if you want to buy the best asparagus?

Buy asparagus: a few tips

Check the cutting edge

Go for juicy asparagus: they are the freshest. The cut surface on the underside of the stem must therefore not have dried up. There is a scab from the cutting (stitches), which should still be white or green.

If the underside – together with the stem – feels woody, the asparagus is probably not so fresh anymore. A handy tip is to press the surface with your nail: if some moisture comes out, you’re good.

Check for color and shine

Go for the glossiest stems. Check that the skin has no brown spots and that the heads are also nicely white (purple or brown on white asparagus = often bitter).

Beep = buy

There is also a handy trick to check whether your asparagus is nice and fresh: gently rub two asparagus together. If you hear a beeping sound, the asparagus is nice and fresh.

Which are tastier: thin or thick asparagus?

Asparagus are like people: you can find them in all shapes and sizes. Preferably buy them all of the same thickness, then they also have the same cooking time. Thick asparagus also need to cook a little longer than thin ones.

Some people think that thick asparagus is tastier than thin ones. However, connoisseurs claim that this has no influence on the quality or taste. However, very thin asparagus can break faster, for example during peeling.

What do the A’s mean?

Asparagus packaging often states A, AA or AAA. This says nothing about the quality, but about the thickness. A is one finger thick, AA is two fingers thick and AAA is three fingers thick, so the thickest asparagus.

Buy especially the asparagus of your preference. For example, if you are going to use the asparagus in a salad, you may opt for the thinner one. If you want to serve them cooked with sauce and a poached egg, you might want the thickest one you can find.

Storing asparagus

Asparagus dries out quickly. It is therefore best to wrap them in a damp tea towel when you get home and store them in the fridge until use. They are the tastiest fresh.

> More about preparing white asparagus (and green asparagus!)? Check: this is how you make the best asparagus

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