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tmiles

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asparagus season is almost over here Thu, 05/19/05 4:23 PM (permalink)
Like sweet corn asparagus has become a year around product due to modern shipping. I don't think that they do as good a job with the shipped in asparagus as they do with the corn. Stores work hard to keep it fresh, often standing it in water, but it just is not as good as the local stuff. We Americans like it green, but I was reading that almost all of the asparagus in Germany's aparagus belt is white. Maybe it is an aquired taste. I don't care for the white.
 
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    tiki

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    RE: asparagus season is almost over here Thu, 05/19/05 5:00 PM (permalink)
    i find that i like the white only VERY fresh, like sweet corn--like pick it and eat it fresh! the green though is a family favorite---lots of it never makes to the kitchn---great raw right in the garden! Had a friend in california who had a huge patch and never did ANY of it get out out of the garden---he come home, grab a knife and head out to then patch qand munch away every peice that was up! then come in, was up and head down town for dessert at the local ice cream parlor!
     
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      BT

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      RE: asparagus season is almost over here Thu, 05/19/05 7:14 PM (permalink)
      quote:
      Originally posted by tmiles

      Like sweet corn asparagus has become a year around product due to modern shipping.


      It may be a year around product, but I don't buy it year around. Here in CA and AZ, at least, they put it on sale this time of year at $0.99 a lb. Then I feast. Out of season it's more like $3.99 and I won't touch it.
       
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        RubyRose

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        RE: asparagus season is almost over here Thu, 05/19/05 8:17 PM (permalink)
        I have been in asparagus heaven the last few weeks. I like it best steamed in the microwave and topped with browned butter but with it so available and inexpensive lately, we have it in so many different dishes. One standout this spring was a lump crabmeat, brie and asparagus frittata.
         
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          BT

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          RE: asparagus season is almost over here Thu, 05/19/05 10:48 PM (permalink)
          I steam the spears, put them in a low, wide container and pour a bottle of balsamic viniagrette salad dressing over them. After a day or two of marination, I eat them like pickles as a snack.

          I also like to make pasta in a white wine/garlic/cream sauce with asparagus and prosciuto.
           
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            sweetgherkin

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            RE: asparagus season is almost over here Thu, 05/19/05 11:44 PM (permalink)
            quote:
            Originally posted by BT

            quote:
            Originally posted by tmiles

            Like sweet corn asparagus has become a year around product due to modern shipping.


            It may be a year around product, but I don't buy it year around. Here in CA and AZ, at least, they put it on sale this time of year at $0.99 a lb. Then I feast. Out of season it's more like $3.99 and I won't touch it.


            Ditto, the only time I have bought asparagus out of season is when I was helping a friend with Christmas night dinner and she wanted prime rib and asparagus. The asparagus was available and it was OK but pricey.

            When I'm cooking asparagus I blanch it, put it on a baking sheet and sprinkle it with olive oil and roast it for a little bit. Then sprinkle it with balsamic vinegar, pepper and parmesan. Heaven.
             
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              SouthHillbilly

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              RE: asparagus season is almost over here Thu, 05/19/05 11:54 PM (permalink)
              My garden's asparagus is like my peas. It never sees a pot. Too good raw. I'll buy a bunch at the store if I want to cook it.
              Now that my kids are all grown except one, I get to have some of the peas. They started picking, shelling and eating peas as toddlers.
               
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                emsmom

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                RE: asparagus season is almost over here Sat, 05/21/05 7:36 PM (permalink)
                We bought fresh asparagus this morning at our Farmers Market. It was 3.00 a pound, but I am willing to pay that for fresh asparagus. It is from a farm called the Asparagus Farm. We also bought fresh spincah and fresh leaf lettuce that were organically grown. I love this time of year when you can get all of the fresh vegis.
                 
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                  mayor al

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                  RE: asparagus season is almost over here Sat, 05/21/05 8:29 PM (permalink)
                  We love our fresh Asparagus, but the season is passing rapidly. I have never tried the White Version, but after seeing this can in a market recently,(here's the label) I think I will pass on the opportunity to try it !!



                   
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                    carlton pierre

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                    RE: asparagus season is almost over here Sat, 05/21/05 11:28 PM (permalink)
                    I remember being in Calif. somewhere near San Fran in May and it was asparagus season and the air just smelled like asparagus. I love fresh asparagus or lightly cooked but not canned or jarred.
                     
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                      johnnymolson

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                      RE: asparagus season is almost over here Sat, 05/21/05 11:37 PM (permalink)
                      I love asparagus, steamed to perfection and then tossed in a pan with butter.
                       
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                        CheeseWit

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                        RE: asparagus season is almost over here Sat, 05/21/05 11:58 PM (permalink)
                        Great label, Al! Those helmeted shafts look like, er, well, you know...and I agree with you - I'd pass on eating them too!
                         
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                          carlton pierre

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                          RE: asparagus season is almost over here Sun, 05/22/05 5:55 PM (permalink)
                          Since you put it that way, I think passing is the best option, too.
                           
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                            garryd451

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                            RE: asparagus season is almost over here Sun, 05/22/05 6:45 PM (permalink)
                            quote:
                            Originally posted by emsmom

                            We bought fresh asparagus this morning at our Farmers Market. It was 3.00 a pound, but I am willing to pay that for fresh asparagus. It is from a farm called the Asparagus Farm. We also bought fresh spincah and fresh leaf lettuce that were organically grown. I love this time of year when you can get all of the fresh vegis.


                            Here in Michigan We are paying $00.89 per pound and it sould be available for another 2 to 3 weeks, her!
                             
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                              garryd451

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                              RE: asparagus season is almost over here Sun, 05/22/05 6:47 PM (permalink)
                              quote:
                              Originally posted by garryd451

                              quote:
                              Originally posted by emsmom

                              We bought fresh asparagus this morning at our Farmers Market. It was 3.00 a pound, but I am willing to pay that for fresh asparagus. It is from a farm called the Asparagus Farm. We also bought fresh spincah and fresh leaf lettuce that were organically grown. I love this time of year when you can get all of the fresh vegis.


                              Here in Michigan We are paying $00.89 per pound for fresh asparagus and it should be available for another 2 to 3 weeks, her!
                               
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                                kland01s

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                                RE: asparagus season is almost over here Mon, 05/23/05 8:41 AM (permalink)
                                My local farmers market has been selling asparagus for $3 a good size bunch but the absolute best was on Saturday, fresh picked from the garden, dosed with olive oil and done on the grill.
                                 
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                                  tmiles

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                                  RE: asparagus season is almost over here Mon, 05/23/05 10:53 AM (permalink)
                                  The "white" asparagus that I was talking about is not that disgusting canned product. I think all canned asparagus, green or white is gross. The white asparagus is the same as the green, but grown in the dark. People in the "Asparugus Belt" of Germany eat an average of several pounds of the white stuff per day during the season, and sell a lot to tourists too. It has to be fresh, fresh, fresh, and if often eaten within hours of picking.
                                   
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                                    Tommy2dogs

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                                    RE: asparagus season is almost over here Mon, 05/23/05 6:13 PM (permalink)
                                    This begs the question, How do you like yours, Thick or Thin?
                                     
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                                      Greyghost

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                                      RE: asparagus season is almost over here Mon, 05/23/05 6:52 PM (permalink)
                                      Asparagus season is over. It was great while it lasted though. I tend to use it with pasta, cut up bite sized and cooked with the pasta. They take about the same time to cook. Drain it and serve with your favorite sauce. Very simple and very good.
                                       
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                                        hefried

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                                        RE: asparagus season is almost over here Tue, 05/24/05 1:20 PM (permalink)
                                        quote:
                                        Originally posted by tmiles

                                        Like sweet corn asparagus has become a year around product due to modern shipping. I don't think that they do as good a job with the shipped in asparagus as they do with the corn. Stores work hard to keep it fresh, often standing it in water, but it just is not as good as the local stuff. We Americans like it green, but I was reading that almost all of the asparagus in Germany's aparagus belt is white. Maybe it is an aquired taste. I don't care for the white.


                                        kinda gettin' in late on this one. BUT ......
                                        i had incredible incredible asparagus grown fresh here in oregon, purchased at the farmets market , last night. it was JUST perfect. every stalk was same width so it cooked all nice and evenly.
                                        it's not over for asparagus season, here yet.....

                                        I live (in oregon) fruit and vegetable mecca and as a result get so spoiled by gorgerous SEASONAL produce, that even though asparagus and corn are available year round, i ONLY really buy them in season and fresh and locally produced. it is far superior and unfortunatly i can realllllllly notice a difference. Funny, i was just thinking last night after eating that delicious asparagus, that. wow , we eat alot of asparagus in the spring.... and hardly EVER otherwise!!!!!!
                                         
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                                          hefried

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                                          RE: asparagus season is almost over here Tue, 05/24/05 1:23 PM (permalink)
                                          ps
                                          i've never had white asparagus, but have seen it at the farmers market.
                                          that lable someone posted of a canned variety of the stuff looks nastyGROSS but the stuff in "real life" just looked like (slightly fatter) cream coloured regular aspargus!?!?!?!?!
                                           
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                                            Rusty246

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                                            RE: asparagus season is almost over here Tue, 05/24/05 2:45 PM (permalink)
                                            quote:
                                            Originally posted by CheeseWit

                                            Great label, Al! Those helmeted shafts look like, er, well, you know...and I agree with you - I'd pass on eating them too!

                                            I'm about to die over here! The best laugh I've had for awhile. I've never seen the white and now know I don't care too.
                                             
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                                              mbrookes

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                                              RE: asparagus season is almost over here Tue, 05/24/05 4:52 PM (permalink)

                                              Originally posted by tmiles

                                              The "white" asparagus that I was talking about is not that disgusting canned product. I think all canned asparagus, green or white is gross. The white asparagus is the same as the green, but grown in the dark. People in the "Asparugus Belt" of Germany eat an average of several pounds of the white stuff per day during the season, and sell a lot to tourists too. It has to be fresh, fresh, fresh, and if often eaten within hours of picking.
                                              You just have to realize that canned and fresh asparagus are two completely different vegetables.Fresh is really wonderful, but the canned in a salad or in a casserole can be very good, too. You can't compare them any more than you can fresh garden tomatoes and canned tomatoes.
                                               
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                                                RubyRose

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                                                RE: asparagus season is almost over here Thu, 05/26/05 9:37 AM (permalink)
                                                Mr. Mayor, I agree with mbrookes' comments about canned vs. fresh asparagus so I can understand you passing up the canned white asparagus. But surely you wouldn't balk at some fresh homegrown mushrooms?
                                                 
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                                                  hefried

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                                                  RE: asparagus season is almost over here Sun, 05/29/05 2:47 PM (permalink)
                                                  oh my gawsh~~~~ those mushrooms are hillarious
                                                   
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                                                    mayor al

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                                                    RE: asparagus season is almost over here Sun, 05/29/05 3:15 PM (permalink)

                                                    I am afraid that the visual impact overcomes the desires of the taste buds !!
                                                     
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                                                      Sundancer7

                                                      RE: asparagus season is almost over here Mon, 05/30/05 7:00 AM (permalink)
                                                      Ruby Rose, what kind of mushrooms are those. I notice you bought the kit and I have frequently thought about doing that.

                                                      Thanks

                                                      Paul E. Smith
                                                      Knoxville, TN
                                                       
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                                                        wndyctygrl

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                                                        RE: asparagus season is almost over here Mon, 05/30/05 8:23 AM (permalink)
                                                        I try only to get fresh asparagus when on sale...which is #1.99 a pound. Still expensive but I have not seen asparagus any cheaper here in GA.
                                                        Saute the stalks in a little bit of olive oil & garlic - yum, yum...
                                                         
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                                                          RubyRose

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                                                          RE: asparagus season is almost over here Mon, 05/30/05 9:18 AM (permalink)
                                                          quote:
                                                          Originally posted by Sundancer7

                                                          Ruby Rose, what kind of mushrooms are those. I notice you bought the kit and I have frequently thought about doing that.

                                                          I didn't grow them but found the picture a couple of years ago on a website that sold mushroom kits and saved it. My stepfather was a real mushroom lover and one time for Christmas, I bought him a grow-your-own kit for the white button variety. It really worked and he was able to harvest a few crops from the box and had fun watching them grow.

                                                          Edited to add that I found the link and they are called Shaggy Manes.
                                                          http://www.mushroomadventures.com/kits.html
                                                           
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                                                            Scallion1

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                                                            RE: asparagus season is almost over here Mon, 05/30/05 9:35 AM (permalink)
                                                            I grew up loathing asparagus, having only eaten those mushy specimens from cans, and I remember what a joy and a revelation it was to have the first fresh ones.

                                                            I like to blanch them, toss them with olive oil and lemon juice and grill them off.
                                                             
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