Asparagus is a perennial vegetable that takes several years to get established, but which can live for many years if cared for properly. It’s one of the earliest “hefty” vegetables to market, and is highly sought after by food lovers.

Look for firm, bright green spears. Chop the stem ends off the bunch and plunge them in a jar of water like a bouquet of flowers. Cover them loosely with a bag and store in the fridge. But don’t keep them too long! Cook and enjoy today’s asparagus today, then get more for tomorrow. See our post, Asparagus, One of Spring’s Greatest Treats post for delicious recipes.