Just because asparagus spears are slender doesn't mean they are tender

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Asparagus spears can be thick or thin, but which diameter tastes better?

-Slender doesn't mean tender. Thin and thick stalks can be equally tender although the thick ones are meatier.

-Fat asparagus is not necessarily older either. It comes from more vigorous or younger plants.

-Thin asparagus comes from older plants or plants grown closer together.

-Tenderness is linked to colour rather than size: the greener, the better.

Source: "12,167 Kitchen and Cooking Secrets" by Susan Sampson (Robert Rose).

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