How to Trim and Cut Asparagus

June 29, 2010

It’s almost the end of asparagus season here on Vancouver Island and I need to show you this before it’s too late! I am sure that many of you already know all about asparagus, but there are enough asparagus-newbies out there to make a post like this worthwhile.

If you don’t already know, the bottom end of asparagus is woody, fibrous, and unpleasant to eat. It needs to go in the compost and not in the pot. But on every spear of asparagus, the fibrous end is a different length, so you can’t get away with cutting an inch or so off the bottom and hoping for the best.

Here’s how you trim asparagus, in step-by-step illustrations with a lovely bunch of Saanich asparagus:

Let’s see that again in slow motion replay:

And there you have it!

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