SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— The true harbinger of spring for me is asparagus. Yes, I am waiting anxiously for those first white peaches of the season, but they’ve got a ways to come.
Asparagus, whether it by green, white, purple or purple; can bring some distinctly different flavors. Actually green and purple are similar, but the white is really something quite different altogether.
The white mounds up some compost-like material (or straw) over it so the sunlight doesn’t get to it. It’s basically growing underground so without sunlight it can’t become green, hence it’s pale complexion. It’s got an unusual taste that not a lot of people like and is very expensive.
Skinny asparagus spears are much, more grassy in flavor and the thicker ones have a sweeter taste. If you’re looking for value don’t bypass the asparagus tips. What happens there is asparagus is always cut to a pre-determined size. In the process of cutting it, sometimes they get broken spears. Those broken spears are then bunched together and sold. There’s no waste and you can eat the entire thing.