Simple asparagus

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Asparagus season in England lasts only a few weeks. They should be eaten at least once a day during this time. And there is no better way than gently boiled and eaten with melted butter.


  • A bunch of asparagus spears
  • Some butter (melted for dipping if you like)


  • A pan of boiling water


  1. Remove the woody ends of the spears.
  2. Gently tie the spears together before placing them in the pan (this protects the tips).
  3. Boiling time will vary, but usually no more than a few minutes. (You should be able to easily pierce the thicker end with a sharp knife.)
  4. Remove, drain, season with salt and black pepper and serve with a generous knob of butter.
  5. Eat immediately.

What you should know

I eat this as a snack with a glass of good, crisp white wine. Simply yummy!

Re: Simple asparagus

I read somewhere that one should always check the cut ends of the asparagus to make sure that it isn’t dried out or else it’s too old.

Re: Simple asparagus

If you hold a spear with an end in each hand and bend it towards yourself, it will give a little and then snap. If it fails to snap, it is probably past its best. This is a useful technique for testing the freshness of an asparagus spear and also finding the natural point at which to separate the good end from the bad!

Re: Simple asparagus