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Nov 2, 2009 08:43 PM

if you like asparagus

Somehow asparagus is cheap now. $1.49/lb. I bought 3 lbs today, de-stemed and boiled them in 14oz. chicken broth, pureed all in blender, added 1 pint half-and -half, S&P. Chilled asparagus soup is so easy and so delicious it's almost unfair. Tell me how to make it even better.

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  1. Not necessarily better, just different. Cut the tips off, cook them first, scoop out, cook the stems, then just puree the stems. Add the tips back. I like having a whole tip per spoonful of soup.

      1. re: greedygirl

        It's from South America, like most of our produce in the winter.

        1. re: coll

          Probably the same Peruvian stuff that greedygirl & I will see in our UK supermarkets. Personally, I can do without asparagus until our own is back in season in the spring.

          1. re: Harters

            I try to buy seasonal as much as possible, easy since I live in farm country. Most of our imports lately seem to come from Chile.

            1. re: coll

              Are (the US) growing season is the complete opposite as the growing season in Chile. While we can't buy seasonal produce during the winter months, we can still enjoy relatively fresh produce from Chile and support their economy.

            2. re: Harters

              I personally support Peruvian high value agriculture. Developing countries rarely even have an even playing field.

              1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                Oh Sam.... so you're saying that we should buy the Peruvian asparagus when it appears in our Northern markets??? I love asparagus.... but I thought we should be buying from markets closer to our homes... and in season appropriate to our home climates.

                1. re: Gio

                  Some products are light in weight and low in volume per high value. A relatively modest C footprint with benefits to developing country producers and economies; and a contribution to alternatives to cocaine - which has an incredibly high net C footprint.

                  1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                    Oh... OK..... um... That's a good thing. Right? Just guessing here. I'm thinking that we should be buying sparagus from Peru because then we wouldn't need to seek out the drug lords.

                    I have to think on this a bit. BRB.....

                    1. re: Sam Fujisaka

                      Gee whilikers, Sam, I've based my decision to consume only local asparagus on flavor and carbon footprint. If I now have to consider cocaine production, I'm going to go crazy. How on earth can the average consumer make informed food choices in our crazy, mixed-up world? I suspect that you know more about cocaine production than the rest of us. Is it hopeless? Could asparagus save us?

                      1. re: pikawicca

                        Asparagus can't save us. An even playing field and opportunities to internationally market high value products do help countries like Peru. Such development can reduce (somewhat) dependence on drug production and trade. Unfortunately (and obviously), asparagus is not a direct alternative to coca - the former grown along the north coast and the latter grown in the Yungas and in the Amazon.

                        1. re: pikawicca

                          I'm totally with you, pikawicca. I've made a conscious decision not to buy asparagus in the winter. The air miles from Peru to the UK are hard to justify, but now I'm confused!

                          1. re: greedygirl

                            I'm sticking with the no foreign asparagus decision. If the Peruvians want to export produce here, let it be items we can't grow here. In read recently that home grown has declined from about 40% to 25% of total in the last twenty or so years. If we eat seasonally as best we can, we give business to our own farmers, reduce the carbon footprint. And enjoy the food better - I confidently challenge anyone to compare the taste of in-season British asparagus with anytime Peruvian.

              2. re: greedygirl

                Cant believe I paid $1 a pound for asparagus this week. Hope they will be as good as the ones in my garden.

              3. White pepper or chipotle.

                1. Dry sherry is a nice compliment to many cream soups.....

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                  1. I Love asparagi. (Love to say that word too.) But, like Harters, I'll only buy it in season, which is Spring up here in the Northeast. Freshly picked from the farm, rushed home, steamed, served. Rarely needs any seasoning, it's so sweet. Roasted is delicious too... lightly drizzled with EVOO and seasoned with sea salt & freshly ground black Tellicherry pepper.... Heaven!
                    Other ways to enjoy asparagus:
                    wrapped in good prosciutto and grilled,
                    served with a b├ęchamel sauce.