If you’re curious as to the taste of asparagus, let me tell you right now – it’s worth knowing (and tasting). I am not really a huge vegetable fan, but asparagus happens to be one of my favorite food.
This article will be your source of information about asparagus. You will learn how it looks like, how it tastes like, how to cook it, and more.
What Asparagus Looks Like
Asparagus is one of those vegetables that’s easy to describe. Therefore, it’s also easy to find – should you decide to look for it.
Asparagus is not a leafy vegetable – so, yes, you’re off that batch of confusing leafy greens (that look so much alike). I think asparagus is the only one of its kind – with its pencil-like appearance.
Yes, asparagus stalks look like pencils – and they can be thin or thick. You will usually find them in green color, but there are other varieties that are colored purple and white.
So, there, you can easily distinguish asparagus in a vegetable stand because they look like pencils with small, pointed heads.
What Asparagus Tastes Like
I’ll be honest with you – if you hate all vegetables, you will probably hate asparagus, too. Well, because it’s a type of vegetable – and it tastes like a vegetable.
If you’re like me, however – I like some vegetables (yes, I don’t like vegetables all that much). And if you like the taste of some vegetables, you will probably like asparagus. What can I say – it’s just very likable.
Here are just some of the vegetables that asparagus is always compared to (in taste):
- Green beans
If you agree with me that the above-mentioned veggies all taste good, then (again) I bet that you’d like asparagus as well. No, asparagus doesn’t exactly taste like all those vegetables I just mentioned, but they have one thing in common – they all taste good (for a vegetable).
When it comes to the taste of asparagus, remember these things:
Note: If you’re not a vegetable hater and want to try asparagus, I urge you to do it. It’s really worth tasting and I am quite sure that you’ll love it. Just avoid canned asparagus as they can be mushy and brine-tasting. Fresh asparagus (firm, green stalks) are the best.
How to Prepare Asparagus
Here are the basic steps to preparing asparagus:
How to Store Asparagus in the Refrigerator
The following steps will ensure that you are storing fresh asparagus properly:
Foods that Asparagus Go Well With
Because of its unique taste, I would suggest partnering asparagus up with food that are either plain or salty.
It goes well with meat (chicken, lamb, beef, pork, etc.) and fish. I actually love it when combined with the following:
8 Ways to Cook Asparagus
Method #1 - Roasting
You can use the oven for roasting asparagus. Follow these steps:
Method #2 – Frying
You can use the stove to cook asparagus. Here are the steps to frying asparagus (video):
Method #3 – Stir Frying
Here’s a quick way to cook asparagus – and you can do this on the stovetop:
Note: if you’re using a lot of vegetables for your stir fry, put the asparagus last.
Method #4 – Sautéing
This method is another simple way to cook asparagus over the stove. The steps are as follows:
Method #5 – Grilling
To grill asparagus (video), follow these steps:
Note: You can use the oven or a grill when grilling.
Method #6 – Blanching
Blanching is a good way to preserve all the natural flavors of fresh asparagus. Here are the steps to blanching:
Method 7 – Steaming
Steaming asparagus will result in something similar to blanching. Note, however, that steamed asparagus is softer than blanched. To steam asparagus, follow these steps:
Method 8 – Microwaving
Here’s a quick way to make crisp and tender asparagus. Here are the steps to microwaving asparagus:
Things to Remember
When dealing with asparagus, remember these things:
Health Benefits of Asparagus
As a green vegetable, it’s a given fact that asparagus is very nutritious (video). Listed below are just some of its amazing benefits to the body.
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Asparagus is Worth Tasting (Trust Me)
Now that you have an idea as to how asparagus tastes like, I really urge you to try it. You really have nothing to lose, you know, because this vegetable is really good for you.
Honestly, asparagus is the type of vegetable that you would fall in love with (and you can only fall in love with a few vegetables, right?). If you can appreciate the taste of green beans, peas, and broccoli, there’s a big chance that you will find the taste of asparagus pleasing. Hey, I even think that asparagus tastes better than all those other veggies.
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