White Asparagus

Cooking or steaming white asparagus is not difficult. Just keep a few things in mind:

  • They must be fresh (when rubbing two asparagus together they should produce a sort of squeezing sound).
  • The bottom must look fresh as well.
  • Peel well but don’t be worried too much.
  • Cut of 2 centimeter from the bottom, depending on the asparagus. Don’t think 2 centimeter, think what is edible.
  • Best is to steam for 20 – 30 or so minutes depending on the size of the asparagus. If you need an egg for your dish, steam it for 2 times 5 minutes.
  • When cooking add the asparagus to a pan with plenty of boiling water. Wait for the water to start boiling again and then reduce the heat or transfer to work top. Wait for 20 – 30 minutes or so before removing the asparagus from the water.
  • Many add butter, sugar, lemon, the skin of the asparagus to the water. We would only suggest adding the skin. Both lemon and sugar are a big NO for us.
  • Using a special asparagus pan to cook them is of course fine, but why would you?
  • We once had asparagus in Café Heider in Potsdam, Germany. To our surprise they asked use how we would like the asparagus: well cooked or medium? In general we prefer medium, but it does depend on what you plan to do with the asparagus and what your guests prefer.
  • Pinot Blanc and Riesling from the Elzas are the obvious choices, but we have included some exciting suggestions for you in the recipes.

 

Our suggestions for white asparagus: