AUSSIE ASPARAGUS: A RITE OF SPRING
Nothing says spring like the sight of luscious Australiangrown asparagus. When it comes to choosing your bunch, look for firm, bright and smooth spears that are uniform in size with closed compact tips.
TO KEEP IT FRESH: Store it in a similar way to freshly cut flowers – stand the spears upright in a container with 1cm of cold water, loosely cover with plastic wrap or damp paper towel and refrigerate. Enjoy raw, sliced or shaved into ribbons for salads, or follow the cooking tips below.
TO BLANCH: Pour boiling water over the asparagus and stand for 30-60 seconds. Drain and rinse in a bowl of iced water, then drain and pat dry with paper towel.
TO MICROWAVE: Place two bunches of rinsed asparagus in a microwave-safe dish. Cover and cook on High for 2-3 minutes.
TO ROAST: Place two bunches on an oven tray lined with baking paper, drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil and roast for
6-8 minutes or until tender.