Standard Asparagus
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Standard Asparagus is not unique to other sized Asparagus, but simply grown to be marketed for a specific size; 9 inches in length and 16 mm in diameter. Standard Asparagus spears are pale green, with blushes of purple throughout its tips.

Season

Standard Asparagus is typically categorized with Spring Vegetables because they're harvested in March-June. The actual harvesting date for Standard Asparagus depends on the weather and region.

Availability

Standard Asparagus is available year long.

Cultivation

Standard Asparagus, is widely found growing wild and has been cultivated as a vegetable crop for centuries. As it was historically found growing in maritime regions, it prefers sandy weedless soils.

Purchasing

The stem of Standard Asparagus indicates the age of the plant. Thicker stems come from older plants. Also, older thicker stalks can be woody in texture. Peeling Standard Asparagus will remove the tough layer. Look for bright, green, odorless Standard Asparagus stalks with tight, dry tips but moist cut ends. Purchase Standard Asparagus spears that have a uniform thickness, so they will cook evenly. Don’t buy limp or wilted stalks.

Storage

Keep fresh Standard Asparagus refrigerated. This vegetable can typically last 1-2 weeks, 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, shock the Asparagus. Keep fresh Standard Asparagus moist and cool, until you intend to use them.

Keep frozen Standard 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 Standard Asparagus defrosts, cook it immediately.

Culinary Uses

The flavor of Standard Asparagus has a mild grassy taste, with a sweet finish.

Standard Asparagus is frequently Boiled or Steamed and served with a rich complimentary sauce, like Hollandaise or Mayonnaise. It can also be accompanied by a condiment like melted ButterOlive Oil, or even Parmesan Cheese. There are even specialized Standard Asparagus Pots in France which steam the tips, while keeping them out of the cooking water.

Grilling Standard Asparagus, is another way that the vegetable shines. It can also be served with a protein like Chicken, Pork or Beef.

Portion Size

Allow 2-4 Standard 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

Large Asparagus

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.
Gluten Free

Yes

Low Fat

Yes

Low Calorie

Yes