Delicious and nutritious, asparagus is available year-round, but peak season occurs during the months of April and May.
At the supermarket, look for asparagus that has firm straight stalks and tightly closed tips. Try also to avoid stalks that are overly thin or thick.
• Storing fresh asparagus: Wrap the bottom of asparagus stalks in damp paper towel, then refrigerate in an unsealed plastic bag. Use within 3 to 4 days.
You can also freeze free fresh asparagus for several months — see here for detailed instructions.
• Storing cooked asparagus: Refrigerate cooked asparagus within two hours of preparing. Wrap the cooked asparagus tightly with plastic wrap, or store in an airtight container and use or freeze within 3 to 5 days.