We now have fresh asparagus available at our roadside stand on 903! Asparagus is a nutrient-dense food which is high in folic acid and is a good source of potassium, fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6 and thiamin.
Asparagus Storage Tips
Fresh: Keep fresh asparagus clean, cold and covered. Trim the stem end about 1/4 inch and wash in warm water several times. Pat dry and place in moisture-proof wrapping. Refrigerate and use within 2 or 3 days for best quality. To maintain freshness, wrap a moist paper towel around the stem ends, or stand upright in two inches of cold water.
Freezing: Wash asparagus thoroughly. Trim stem ends slightly. Leave spears whole or cut into 2-inch lengths. Blanch in boiling water for 1 to 2 minutes only. Cool immediately in ice water. Drain well and pack in plastic freezer bags or containers leaving no excess air space. Seal, label and freeze at 0 degrees F. Use within eight months for best quality. Do not defrost before cooking.