Only young asparagus shoots are eaten (shoots become woody with age). Asparagus is a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, and vitamin K. Stem thickness depends on the age of the asparagus plant.
Shopping and Storage Tips:
- Choose firm, straight, smooth green stalks with tightly-closed tips.
- Select stalks with uniform thickness to control cooking times.
- Do not wash asparagus before storing. Trim the ends and store them upright in a jar with about an inch of water in the bottom. Cover with a plastic bag and store for up to 2 days.