At a mere 20 calo­ries/serv­ing (8 medium spears), the first green stalk of the sea­son is a wel­come ad­di­tion to spring­time meals.

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buy­ing: Look for straight, crisp spears with green or pur­ple tips and tight heads. Fresh­ness counts, not size. One pound (500 g) makes 2-4 serv­ings. Buy lots, eat fresh, or re­frig­er­ate for two or three days. Wrap stem ends in damp paper tow­els, then cover en­tire bunch with plas­tic wrap, or stand straight up in a pitcher of wa­ter. pre­pare: Wash in cold, run­ning wa­ter to re­move sand or grit. Snap off and dis­card tough, woody ends then use a veg­etable peeler to lightly peel the bot­tom of the stalks for an even more ten­der bite.

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