Top Five Tips For Cooking Asparagus

Family run Secrett's Farm was started in 1908 and is now a thriving business, near Godalming in Surrey, with a pick your own farm, garden centre, farm shop plus a tea room and restaurant. In charge of all the growing at Secretts is Greg Secrett, father Charles Secrett is MD, and other members of the family head up different sections of the business. The father and son team have given us their 5 top tips to get the most from cooking asparagus during this short season.

Cook Asparagus to perfection with these top tips:

Charles likes his asparagus cooked in the oven with butter and salt and pepper, covered with foil. Bake for 15 minutes, depending on the size of the spears.

Both Charles and Greg love it straight from the field as a salad, seasoned and drizzled with a dressing or olive oil.

Greg cooks it by boiling (standing upright so the tips don't overcook), and serves it with thin slices of ham and a poached egg.

Hollandaise is a great accompaniment - try this cheat's homemade hollandaise recipe.

Cooking time is dictated by the freshness of the asparagus. The older it is, the longer it needs to be cooked.

Secretts famously supply their freshly picked asparagus by post so you can receive it the day after picking. You can also buy gourmet salad leaves by mail order and there's a local veg box delivery service too.

Asparagus is now ready, visit www.secretts.co.uk for more information

Find our best Asparagus recipes on our website.

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