I find it quite surprising that there are a lot of people that haven’t tasted asparagus in their whole life. I have countless of friends asking me a question what does asparagus taste like and believe me; I often find the question unreal especially that this vegetable is one of my favourite green delicacies.
I just recently find out that there are people who are afraid to try out asparagus just because they fear its greenness or they associate it with the disagreeable taste of the most vegetable.
I was even more shocked when I just learned that there are people who cringe just by the sight of asparagus itself. They said it brings them back to the horrifying memory of when they were young, and their parents force them to eat their vegetables.
Are you one of these people of who have developed hatred to asparagus? Well, let me change your perspective. Checkout below to get some idea how should asparagus taste like!
What Does Asparagus Taste Like
This pencil-sized stalk vegetable that comes with a bright-green colour also has a distinct taste, just like every other vegetable.
- According to some people, asparagus has a similar taste to broccoli but just a bit more bitter and salty.
- There are also some people that compare its taste to green beans, but with a stronger and much more noticeable flavour.
- Fresh asparagus has a mild taste with an earthy undertone. If you have tasted one before with bitter or sour flavour, it is probably because the asparagus is past its prime freshness or it has been overcooked.
What’s great about asparagus is that it goes well with other vegetables and it can be perfectly paired with various dishes. It is very similar to mushrooms that can quickly absorb the prominent taste when being cooked with different foods and spices; this includes garlic, lemon or vinegar. This makes asparagus an absolutely perfect side dish for any kind of meal.
How to Cook Asparagus
We now have an idea on what does it taste like. Now, let’s checkout below the popular ways on how to cook this vegetable.
But before that, make sure that you know how to properly prepare asparagus. Don’t forget to trim the woody base of asparagus by using a sharp knife; cutting off an inch from its end will do. If you want, you can also scrape off its scales on the spears by using a vegetable peeler for a smooth and clean look.
Anyway, here are the some basic ways on how you can cook asparagus:
What I like about steaming is that it doesn’t add any fat to my vegetables, all it takes is water. Plus, steaming the asparagus will help you preserve the vegetable’s taste and preserve its texture.
There are actually different ways to steam asparagus. Some use their microwave, some seasoned their steamed asparagus, but I love steaming my asparagus on my stove with a steamer basket and a saucepan.
I usually steam my asparagus for about three to five minutes or until it is crisp-tender. You can also checkout this video on how to steam your asparagus:
If you want to increase the flavour of asparagus, then I highly recommend you roast your vegetable. Roasting asparagus is one of the fastest methods to serve a delicious asparagus without waiting too long on the stove.
You can check out this video on how to make the delicious garlic roasted asparagus!
Some recipes require blanching asparagus. For instance, you can combine pre-cooked chicken ravioli with blanched asparagus in a pie plate, add it with some garlic butter sauce and bake it for a delicious and healthy meal.
What’s great about blanching is that you can preserve the flavour of asparagus and at the same time give the vegetable a crunchy texture. This method is also ideal when preserving this nutritious vegetable by freezing it.
Check out these seven steps of how to blanch asparagus.
Most of the Asian dishes are frequently paired with asparagus and most of these dishes require stir-frying asparagus, such as the healthy shrimp and asparagus stir-fry.
What I like about stir-frying asparagus is that it requires a very little process. All you have to do is to heat up a wok and toss in your chopped asparagus. Then stir it in the pan for at least one minute or until the vegetable is cooked.
Just take note to only add the stir-fried asparagus towards the end of your cooking process and never at the beginning to avoid overcooking the vegetable.
Here is the video about "Stir-fried Asparagus with Shrimp and Pork":
- If you are too lazy to do any of the methods above, you don't have to worry since you can actually eat asparagus when raw. You can pair it with a delicious dip, make it part of your salad or just simply dress it with olive oil, lemon and salt. Asparagus is absolutely one of my favourite finger foods! I suggest you choose fat asparagus; it works best for raw preparations.
You don’t have to cringe the next time you see this bright-green vegetable. Just give asparagus a try, who knows, this might become your favourite vegetable.
Moreover, you might want to consider filling your plate with more asparagus. Do you know that this vegetable comes with plenty of health benefits?
In fact, asparagus can help you meet your weight-loss goals. Not only does this vegetable very low in fat and calories, but it also contains much soluble and insoluble fibre which is great if you are trying to lose weight.
Now that you already have an idea what does asparagus taste like, why don’t you grab some the next time you head to the grocery store and let me know in the comments below what’s your reaction on your first try.
Don’t forget to share this article with your friends who hate asparagus too; they really don't know what they are missing.