Too late for overgrown asparagus spears?

mattjjd24(4 upstate NY)April 11, 2010

I have been away for the past 4 or 5 days, and in that time my asparagus has ROCKETED up!! Now, what were stumpy 2 inch spears are a good 18 inches. When this happens now, and in the future, should I let those spears go or can I still pick them? There are no branhes yet, and other spears forming adn growing around them.

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marylandmojo(zone 7--Md.)

Strange to see an 18" spear that hasn't branched and ferned. If they're intact as you say, cut them off at the soil line (as ALL asparagus is cut) and eat the top, tender part, and discard the toughter bottom part. If by some miracle it's all tender, cut it in manageable lengths and eat it all.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2010 at 12:11PM
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If the bottom part is tough don't throw it away!

Peel the fibrous skin and eat the tender, juicy insides. Too tender to cook but pefect for salads if you can resist eating the juicy cores as you peel.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2010 at 1:55PM
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mattjjd24(4 upstate NY)

The tallest spears were a bit stringy, but overall, it was delicious!!!

    Bookmark   April 12, 2010 at 7:49AM
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