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Preparation, Uses, & Tips

Because it’s grown in sandy soil, asparagus should be washed thoroughly to remove any dirt or grit. Snap any tough ends off and immerse the stalks in boiling salted water. Reduce heat, simmer, and remove after about five minutes, while still bright green. Toss with olive oil and serve hot. Asparagus is also good in stir-fry dishes.

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