How to cook white asparagus

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    Asparagus harvest 2011 has already begun in Germany.
    How to cook white asparagus ?
    For 1 kg white asparagus:
    How to cook white asparagus
    2,5l water
    1 tbsp. butter
    1 teasp. salt
    1 teasp. sugar
    optional a slice of lemon



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    You can check how fresh your asparagus is by controlling the cut surfaces on the oposite side of the asparagus spears. The asparagus is fresh when juices still drip out of the cut surfaces when pressing on them. Lilac white asparagus spears are an indicator that the asparagus is harvested too late.

    Now how to cook white asparagus ?
    Classical preparation:

    1. Wash the and then peel the white asparagaus exactly.

    2. Fill a pot with enough boiling water and the ingredients mentioned above.

    3. Heat up the water until it boils and drop the asparagus in the water.

    4. Let the the white asparagus boil for at least 10 minutes or longer (dependent on how thick the white asparagus is) until the white asparagus has become tender.

    5. Enjoy your delicious white asparagus but keep the broth if you would like to have a yummy white asparagus soup tomorrow.


    Now you may know one way how to cook white asparagus but there are several recipes that may be more or less interesting for you. You have prepared the white asparagus as mentioned above and kept the boiling water and may be some bits of the white asparagus? Make a delicious white asparagus soup out of it!

    Click here for a good recipe for white asparagus soup.

    How to cook white asparagus

    White asparagus can be served with
    sauce hollandaise
    melted butter

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    9 Responses to “How to cook white asparagus”

    1. Jenny says:

      I know that you love asparagus. You cook a very beautiful soup the last year. Thanks for the advice.

    2. A-Man says:

      You are absolutely right. We like the (white) asparagus verry much. Of course because of it’s taste. Maybe we (our family and a lot of german families we know) also “celebrate” the (white) asparagus season somehow because of (white) asparagus beeing a seasonal product that you can not have in the other seasons of the year when you prefer regional (white) asparagus.

      Do you cultivate white and/or green asparagus in the Québec region?

    3. Jenny says:

      Yes. But it’s only green asparagus. But I love the twice. 🙂

    4. LunaCafe says:

      You know, I have never had white asparagus. I can’t recall seeing it in the Northwest. Will definitely look for it this year though. Now I better go check out your soup recipe. 🙂 Best…Susan

    5. A-Man says:

      Verry interesting to see this difference between your region and ours…
      What do you think why there is no white asparagus in your part of the US cultivated? Climate or not enough customers?

      Thank you!

    6. velva says:

      Now, this is something that we do not see very often in the southern U.S.- white asparagus. When I traveled to Germany white asparagus was very common. I wonder is it because of the cool climate? White asparagus although available is not common here in the U.S.

      Take care.

    7. A-Man says:

      Thank you, Velva.
      White asparagus farmers in Germany, as far as I have seen it, use to cultivate the white asparagus under black foil that collects temperature.
      Have a nice day!

    8. Liz says:

      You guys are such asparagus experts! Here we’re lucky to get the stray bunch once so often. People here simply wouldn’t know what to do with it. Good tips on how to tell whether it’s fresh.

    9. A-Man says:

      Thank you, Liz! May be you can come to germany for next year’s asparagus season to have a closer look. 🙂 Have a nice day!

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