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(NC) - When buying fresh asparagus, look for crisp, straight, bright green stalks with compact tips.
From The Tip
One pound (500 g) of fresh asparagus will make 4 servings. Store fresh asparagus by wrapping the bottom of the stalks in a damp paper towel, putting them in a plastic bag and refrigerating. Plan to use within 2 days.

Prepare fresh asparagus by first breaking off the butt end of each spear where it snaps easily. Save the woody bases for soup stock, if desired. Wash in cold running water to remove any sand or grit.

To keep nutrients, flavor and crisp texture, don't overcook. Asparagus is a source of Vitamins C and A and an excellent source of folacin. One-half cup (125 mL) of cooked asparagus contains 24 calories.

Creamy Cheddar Asparagus

Try this for a delicious new side dish with your favourite spring vegetable-Ontario asparagus!

Blend a small amount of dry mustard with mayonnaise or sour cream, spoon over cooked Ontario asparagus spears. Sprinkle with grated cheddar cheese and place under broiler to melt cheese.

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