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The asparagus is eaten worldwide and can be prepared and served in a number of ways: learn how to clean them with Sonia on the cooking tutorial by YellowSaffron!

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The asparagus is a tasty spring vegetable, whose soft green tip is fully edible, while part of the stem must be removed.
Let's see how to clean them.
To see if the asparagus are fresh, check that the tips are firm and compact
With a knife, cut off the woody part of the stem, that is white and tough.
With a knife or a peeler, peel away the tough green outer layer to the tip.
To ensure an even cooking time, hold them steady with your hand and trim the ends off.
Do not throw the ends away, since they may be used in other preparations.
With a kitchen string, tie the asparagus into a bunch.
The pot for cooking the asparagus is called asparagus steamer: it's a tall narrow pot, with a wire basket which holds the asparagus upright.
Fill the steamer up to here and place the asparagus in. Leave the tips outside the water: in this way they'll gently steam.

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