One of the vegetable stalls we occasionally shop at had asparagus on offer. Here in France, like in the Netherlands, this means the white version. When we lived in Maastricht [Limburg] we'd occasionally buy them direct from the farm. The provinces of Limburg and Brabant have the right light sandy soil in which the plant thrives. A quick drive out into the countryside and you'd see row upon row of the carefully raised beds sometimes covered with black plastic to protect the spears.
|White asparagus beds in Limburg, NL [http://www.vvvzuidlimburg.nl/beleefzuidlimburg]|
|Green asparagus in the field [photo:http://world-crops.com/asparagus]|
Once home, we wrapped the asparagus in damp tea towels and stored them in the bottom of the crisper drawer keeping them in the dark and chilled. Kept like this, they keep fresh for several days. We were taught to do this by an old friend who came from Limburg and was a complete asparagus aficionado.
We ate the green ones the next day with slices of ham filled with egg mayonnaise and a little melted butter and they were scrumptious! The white ones are on the menu for Sunday lunch tomorrow.