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Asparagus

The shoots of an underground stem. Asparagus is seasonal in Europe and at its best from April to June - May being the prime month, it is also grown in North Africa, Israel, Thailand and the States. There are three main varieties of Asparagus green, white and wild. The bottom of the spears are usually snapped off or trimmed to remove any woodiness and sometimes the base is peeled if the skin is tough and stringy. Boil or steam for two or three minutes until tender but still firm. Often served with melted butter or hollandaise.
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