I had once resigned myself to never stocking asparagus in Food Connect boxes. Almost all commercial asparagus grown in Australia is grown just outside of Melbourne. Apparently a particular combination of climate and soil makes the area a perfect place to grow it. At Food Connect we stand by our commitment to local produce and we do not source outside of NSW. Unfortunately this means that we aren’t usually able to stock asparagus. So when Greg mentioned his own small crop to me I could hardly believe it. He reckons its the only commercial crop available in the state, organic or otherwise. Next week Greg’s asparagus is through all the boxes – a rare treat for all you locavores.
Store your asparagus in a paper bag in the crisper of your fridge. To prepare, give it a rinse and chop off the bottom few centimeters – this part can be a little fibrous. The easiest ways to cook it are either to lightly saute in butter or steam it. You can serve it as a delicious side with all sorts of meals (excellent for breakfast!) or get more adventurous and make it the centre of dishes such as bakes or soup.