Every year around this time I publish something about asparagus – it’s in season and cheap and always delicious – whether it’s thick or thin. “Diameter” of the asparagus has nothing to do with its age in season, it has to do with the age of the plant. A thin spear in February for example, if left on the plant, will not grow into a thicker spear in March.
A thinner spear indicates a young PLANT, and vice versa. Both are equally sweet and tender after snapping off the woody bottoms (or shaving them as I sometimes do for presentation). Thin is better for steaming and stir frying (quickly, now!), and thick is better for grilling/roasting. We love to serve our “medium stalked” asparagus grilled with our Feta Jalapeno Dipping Sauce pictured here. Did you know it is also perfectly acceptable to eat asparagus with your hands? The Viking in me loves this. 🙂