What Does Asparagus Taste Like? A Palatable Journey Towards Freshness

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Have you ever tried an asparagus before? Asparagus is a perennial plant and it is a vegetable that is well known during spring. When asparagus hits the market, it often times signals the arrival of other springtime fruits and vegetables as well. Asparagus for many, is all about bounty and freshness.

This vegetable is closely related to the onion and the garlic, this might be why it has such a distinct flavor. The key to getting great-tasting asparagus is to make sure that it is harvested at the right time.

Letting the asparagus spear grow too much can make it taste woody, fibrous, and hard.

Asparagus is quite versatile in the kitchen. It can be used in many dishes and it can be served as a side dish, or as part of the main course. Knowing what it tastes like is crucial if you want to expand your tastes to new frontiers. Asparagus after all, is very much loved and widely available all over the world.

When in season, a lot of restaurants and home cooks love to serve asparagus. Not being able to enjoy it because you have never tried it before would be a travesty. Just keep in mind that when it comes to eating this vegetable, always try to get something that is as fresh as you possible can.

What Does Asparagus Taste Like? A Palatable Journey Towards Freshness

The Bare Naked Asparagus

asparagus in paper

The asparagus’ taste closely resembles that of the broccoli or the broccoli stem. It has a mild earthy, and slightly woody flavor. When harvested correctly it can have a burst of freshness and it can also have a crisp texture. Asparagus can also have a mildly sweet note when harvested at the right time.

There are those who just hate asparagus simply because they think that it tastes bitter and sour. The vegetable can have this kind of flavor but only when it has gone past freshness. You should also know that the asparagus has to be cut at the bottom so you can avoid the hard, chewy, and bitter end.

washing asparagus

One of the best ways for you to enjoy the asparagus in all its natural glory is to put them on top of the fire and to sprinkle a little bit of salt and pepper. The salt and the pepper will help you to reveal more of the earthy undertones and it can also help you get less bitterness if there are any present.

A good technique to do is to try to bend the asparagus spear with your fingers and let it snap where it wants to. This will help you get rid of the hard parts so you can taste its green, and slightly sweet flavor without any sour after taste. Asparagus can have a taste much like whole mushrooms.

Asparagus In Different Dishes

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Asparagus can be made into soups, salads, and as a great complement to roasted meats, steaks, and other heavy main courses. In some cases, the asparagus can take on the flavor of the other ingredients especially if the asparagus is pureed. The cream of Asparagus soup for example, is quite hearty.

This vegetable is also quite pleasant when cooked with extra virgin olive oil as its flavor can be enhanced by peppery tastes. Asparagus can also work well with strong herbs and spices as it can easily retain its earthy flavor. You can cook it with garlic, with oyster sauce, and even with balsamic vinegar.

Surprisingly, because it is very delicious, a lot of people prefer to use it in simple preparations. A lot of cooking experts recommend that you cook it gently so it stays al dente. If overcooked, it can easily get soft and mushy. An elegant way to eat it is to put hollandaise sauce over steamed or grilled asparagus.

Conclusion

asparagus tied with paper

Asparagus should never be missed when it is in season. This vegetable is very delectable and first time eaters will surely be surprised at the depth of the freshness and flavor that it can provide. You can actually eat it raw, but keep in mind that when it comes to asparagus, a little heat can go a long way.

Experts also say that when cooked, asparagus can contain higher amounts of antioxidants, making it much healthier to eat. I recommend first time eaters to get fresh ones, and the cut-off the bottom ends before cooking. You can steam it or put grill it for a while and eat it plain or with salt, pepper and butter.

It is really nice to get into the habit of buying asparagus in season. This will ensure that you are going to get fresh and flavorful ones without paying too much. The taste of asparagus is a must-try for vegans, and because it ushers in the springtime bounty, you can cook it with other spring vegetables as well.

About the Author Emily Taylor

My name is Emily Taylor, gardening is my passion and I’m looking forward to sharing it with everyone. I know that there are millions of people out there want their backyard and garden be attractive just like their front yard, so I am here to help you create your own backyard paradise.

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