Harvest young asparagus spears
EVERY time I’ve been walking past the asparagus bed lately, I’ve crouched down to see if I can spot any of those precious spears poking through the earth – and now I have!
This luxurious perennial veg makes its appearance each spring once the soil warms up sufficiently. The spears are the plump asparagus buds and shoots. If left to their own devices they’d develop into feathery green, 4ft (1.2m)-high stems, and indeed, that’s what eventually happens as the season progresses so the plants can bulk themselves up for next year.
But for the first 10 weeks of growth, we can dive in with a knife, safely cut off the shoots when they’re 8in (20cm) or so tall, and smother them in hollandaise or butter. Delicious!
Cut asparagus during the first 10 weeks of growth