2014 Update: Nancy Skall of Middleton Farm is now harvesting her extraordinary asparagus. Laguna Farms, Triple T and several other farms have it, too. Try it topped with Italian style salsa verde, a recipe in my latest book, Vinaigrettes and Other Dressings.
2012 Update: Tierra Vegetables is the first out of the gate with local asparagus this year. They have it at their Santa Rosa farm stand just east of Highway 101 at the Airport Blvd. off ramp. Don’t expect it to last long.
When I was at Oliver’s Markets this morning, I spotted some on sale for 99 cents a pound. It’s time for a spring feast!
When you get asparagus that has just been picked, it is delicious raw. My favorite way to enjoy it is to cut it into very thin diagonal slices, add some thinly sliced jamon serrano, a drizzle of my favorite olive oil, Davero, and some freshly ground black pepper. That’s it. It is absolutely delicious and takes just a few minutes to prepare.
Here are some of my other favorite asparagus recipes from the Seasonal Pantry archives. Once you’ve roasted asparagus in the oven, it likely will become your favorite technique. Flavors and textures are intensified and you don’t need to peel it, as you should when you steam or boil it.