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Simple Asparagus QUICK AND EASY RECIPE / By

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pring comes to the Berkshires at more or less the same time every year. Even so, year after year, we await its arrival with an edge of despair, half-believing it might not ever come. We sit tight and try to be patient. We complain of the April snow. (Even though we get it every year!) We commiserate about how long this winter has been. (In truth it’s about the same length it was last year.) And then eventually, inevitably, thankfully, the sun does shine, the earth does warm, and we are rewarded for our patience when the surest sign of spring arrives . . . local asparagus! Trading favorite asparagus recipes is as much a rite of spring as raking out your flower beds. Crêpes, stir-fries, and risottos are delicious. Grilled, roasted, or even pickled are good too! But, here at the Co-op, we think the first crop of asparagus is best enjoyed in a simple preparation.

Otherwise, err on the side of undercooked and let the residual heat do its thing. Toss the spears in the best olive oil you have and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. For a bright finish, grate some lemon zest over the top. Take a taste and savor the moment . . . spring has indeed finally arrived, and it’s as delicious as you’ve been dreaming it would be! ~ Berkshire Food Co-op, located in downtown Great Barrington, MA, (413) 528-9697, www.berkshire.coop. Photos by © New Africa/Adobe Stock, © geniuslady/Depositphotos.

Our recommendation? Blanch your asparagus quickly so that it stays bright green and firm. Aim for just barely done. If you’re feeling ambitious, shock the cooked spears in ice water to halt the cooking process.

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