It’s (almost) asparagus season in Germany. The season goes from mid April to June 24th. During this time asparagus is served in soups, salads, as a side dish or the traditional German meal of Asparagus with potatoes and cured ham, served with melted butter or Hollandaise sauce.
The “white gold” makes the German heart beat faster. Asparagus is tasty and nutritious.
How much asparagus to serve per person?
It always depends on the dish you want to cook or how much everyone likes asparagus . If we eat asparagus with potatoes and cured ham, I always buy 1.5 kg fresh asparagus for the four of us (2 adults, 2 teenager).
1.5 kg fresh white asparagus
2 liters water (to boil)
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
1 tsp oil (I use olive oil)
How to cook fresh asparagus
- peel the fresh asparagus stalks with a vegetable peeler by placing it on a flat surface (this will keep the stalks from snapping) and run the peeler from just below the heads to the bottom
- cut off the cut ends
- in a large pot bring 2 liters of water, salt, sugar and oil to boil
- add the fresh asparagus and simmer for 20-30 minutes or until soft
- when the asparagus is soft take it carefully out of the water using a strainer spoon or tongs, be careful to not damage the delicate heads and serve with your favorite sides
While the asparagus is cooking on the stove, I prepare the side dishes. For the traditional meal I cook my potatoes, melt the butter to serve as a sauce and slice the cured ham in thick slices.
How to store the asparagus
If the asparagus is cooked, store in a airtight container in the fridge up to three days.
Store the fresh asparagus wrapped in a moist towel in the vegetable drawer of your refrigerator for up to 4 days.
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