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How to Trim Asparagus

With bunches of bright green asparagus in season during the spring, this is the perfect time to use this fresh green vegetable in your recipes. Whether you like the thick, hearty stalks or trim and thin spears, here’s how to quickly trim an entire bunch of asparagus:

Take one spear of asparagus and hold the ends with each hand. Bend the spear until it snaps – it will naturally break where the woody part ends and the tender part begins. Line up the top of the spear with the rest of the bunch and cut to remove all of the ends.

Since asparagus is typically bundled with spears of the same size and tenderness, you can figure out where to trim by just snapping one stalk. Then, use that as a guide to cut through the rest and you’re ready to steam, saute, or roast the asparagus for all of your spring dishes.