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White Asparagus - 500g

Original price HK$179.00 - Original price HK$179.00
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HK$179.00 - HK$179.00
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White asparagus is a variety of asparagus that is grown underground to prevent exposure to sunlight.
Unlike green asparagus, which grows above the ground and turns green due to photosynthesis, white asparagus remains pale and lacks chlorophyll because it is shielded from light.

The process of growing white asparagus involves mounding soil or covering the spears with a layer of mulch to prevent sunlight from reaching them.

White asparagus has a milder and slightly sweeter flavor compared to green asparagus. It has a tender and succulent texture and is often considered a delicacy in many cuisines. It is commonly used in European cuisine, particularly in dishes from Germany, France, and the Netherlands.

White asparagus is typically peeled before cooking to remove any tough outer layer, and it can be boiled, steamed, roasted, or used in various recipes such as soups, salads, and side dishes.

It's worth noting that white asparagus is seasonal and is typically available during springtime, although it can sometimes be found preserved or canned throughout the year.

How to eat white asparagus? 
White asparagus can be enjoyed in various ways.
Here's a simple and traditional method for preparing and eating white asparagus:

1. Cleaning: Start by rinsing the white asparagus spears under cold water to remove any dirt or debris. Trim off the woody ends by cutting or snapping them off.

2. Peeling: White asparagus has a tough outer layer that should be peeled before cooking. Use a vegetable peeler or a paring knife to carefully peel off the outer layer from the base to the tip of each spear. This helps remove any fibrous or stringy parts, ensuring a tender texture.

3. Cooking: White asparagus can be cooked through various methods, including boiling, steaming, or roasting. Here are two common methods:

- Boiling: Fill a large pot with water and bring it to a boil. Add a pinch of salt and gently place the peeled asparagus spears into the boiling water. Cook for about 10-15 minutes until tender but still slightly firm. The cooking time may vary depending on the thickness of the spears, so check for doneness by inserting a fork or skewer into the thickest part of the asparagus.

- Steaming: Place the peeled asparagus spears in a steamer basket or a steaming tray. Steam them over boiling water for approximately 10-15 minutes until they become tender. Again, adjust the cooking time based on the thickness of the spears.

4. Serving: Once cooked, white asparagus can be enjoyed in various ways. Here are a few suggestions:

- Serve as a side dish: Drizzle the cooked asparagus with melted butter or a light vinaigrette. You can also sprinkle some chopped herbs, such as parsley or chives, for added flavor. Serve it alongside grilled meats, roasted chicken, or fish.

- In salads: Chop the cooked asparagus into bite-sized pieces and incorporate them into salads. Combine with fresh greens, cherry tomatoes, shaved Parmesan cheese, and a tangy dressing for a refreshing salad.

- As a soup: Puree the cooked asparagus with vegetable or chicken broth, add some seasonings, and blend it into a creamy soup. Garnish with a drizzle of cream or a sprinkle of herbs.

Remember to adjust the cooking time based on your preference for tenderness. Some people prefer their asparagus slightly crisp, while others prefer a softer texture. Enjoy the delicate flavor and unique taste of white asparagus in your preferred preparation!

Are white asparaguses low FODMAP?
White asparagus is considered low FODMAP in moderate serving sizes. FODMAPs (fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols) are a group of carbohydrates that can cause digestive symptoms in some individuals, particularly those with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

The Monash University, which is a leading authority on the low FODMAP diet, has tested and determined that white asparagus contains low FODMAP levels. However, it's important to note that the serving size of white asparagus should be considered to ensure it remains low FODMAP.

Monash University recommends a serving size of up to 5 asparagus spears (130 grams) as a low FODMAP portion. Larger serving sizes may contain higher FODMAP levels, particularly when consumed in excess.

If you are following a low FODMAP diet, it's always best to consult with a registered dietitian or healthcare professional who can provide personalized guidance based on your specific dietary needs and tolerance levels. They can help you determine suitable serving sizes and incorporate white asparagus into your low FODMAP meal plan.

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