Large Asparagus
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Large Asparagus are varieties that maintain their quintessential qualities even at mature sizes. They are grown and marketed for their spears to reach a specific size, 17-19 mm in diameter. Large Asparagus have pale green stalks with knobby scales.

Season

Asparagus is typically categorized with the Spring Fruit & Vegetables because they are harvested March through June. The actual harvesting date depends on the weather and the region.

Availability

Large Asparagus is available year long.

Cultivation

Production

Varieties

Purchasing

Large Asparagus stems thickness indicates the age of the plant, with the thicker stems coming from older plants. Older, thicker stalks can be woody and Peeling Large Asparagus at the base will remove the tough layer. Look for bright, green, odorless Asparagus stalks with tight, dry tips but moist cut ends. Select Large Asparagus spears, that have a uniform thickness so they will cook evenly. Don’t buy limp or wilted stalks.

The bottom portion of Large Asparagus often contains sand, grit and dirt. Washing Large Asparagus is advised, before prepping or cooking.

Storage

Keep fresh Large Asparagus refrigerated. This vegetable can typically last for up to 3-5 days, refrigerated. Store in a plastic bag with the cut ends wrapped in a moist paper towel to prevent drying. Some chefs even store them upright in a jar of water, like flowers in a vase. If the tips become slightly wilted, you can refresh them up by soaking them in cold water. Keep fresh Large Asparagus moist and cool, until you intend to use them.

Keep frozen Large Asparagus in the freezer, until they are ready for use. Read the label on the package to determine if the frozen Asparagus product should be thawed, or used frozen. If your frozen Large Asparagus defrosts, cook it immediately. Do not refreeze thawed frozen Large Asparagus of either kind, fresh or frozen. Use frozen Large Asparagus within 8 months.

Culinary Uses

Large Asparagus are firm in texture with a grassy and earthy, sweet taste.

Large Asparagus is best suited for Steaming, Sauteed or for Grilling. Large Asparagus is not as tender as White Asparagus and Standard Asparagus.

Portion Size

Allow 2-4 Large Asparagus spears per person.

Pairings

Olive Oil, Sesame Oil, Peanut Oil, Truffle Oil, Unsalted Butter, Goats Cheese, Fontina Cheese, Parmesan Cheese, Black Pepper, White Pepper, Kosher Salt, Sea Salt, Fresh Dill, Dried Dill, Fresh Chervil, Garlic, Cayenne, Caraway Seeds, Bread Crumbs, Fresh Basil, Fresh Parsley, Dried Parsley, Dried Basil, Artichokes, Ginger, Leeks, Lemon Juice, Lemon Zest, Mayonnaise, Pasta, Chicken, Beef, Fish, Shrimp, Oysters, Pork, Seafood

Substitutes

Jumbo Asparagus

Nutritional Value

Nutritional Value USDA
ASPARAGUS,RAW
Amount Per 100g
Calories 20
%Daily Value*
 
0%
Total Fat 0g
0%
Saturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 2mg
4%
Potassium 202mg
1%
Total Carbohydrate 3g
8%
Dietary Fiber 2g
Sugars 1g
Protein 2g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Nutrition

Gluten Free

Yes

Low Fat

Yes

Low Calorie

Yes