Buy all you can, here’s how to freeze it for later.
Big fat purple asparagus spears turn green when cooked.
The best way to preserve asparagus is by freezing.
Take advantage of local farmers markets and market gardeners for fresh local asparagus. The best flavor, availability and prices will be in April and May.
How To Freeze
Wash thoroughly and break spears where they easily snap. Compost or reserve the woody stems for vegetable soup stock.
Sort spears into similar sizes. Cut spears into even lengths to fit freezer bags or freezer containers.
Prepare a large pot of boiling water and a container of ice water. Blanch no more than 1 pound of similar sized spears at a time.
- small spears for 2 minutes,
- medium spears for 3 minutes and,
- large spears for 4 minutes.
Lift asparagus from the boiling blanching water and plunge them in ice water for 5 minutes to quickly cool. Drain on cotton towels.
Package, seal, label, date and quickly freeze.
Properly blanched and packaged asparagus will hold the flavor, color and nutritional content in the freezer for up to 10 – 12 months.