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Pencil California Asparagus
Inventory, bunch : 0
This item was last sold on : 06/14/13
|Life's A Choke Farms|
Life's a Choke Pencil asparagus is available year round with some sporadic gapping.
Asparagus, botanical name Asparagus officinalis, is a member of the Liliaceae family. It is a perennial herb with an underground rhizome known as the plant's crown. It is cultivated for its edible young stems, known as spears, which emerge in spring and summer. Pencil asparagus are harvested and sold in uniform sizes according to the diameter of the spears. Asparagus plants are either male or female. The female produces seeds, which not only reduce the size of the stalks, but also crowd the beds with seedlings. Male plants do not produce seeds and produce thicker, more desirable plants which has put new cultivars on the market that have been bred to produce only male plants for more cost-efficient crops.
Pencil asparagus are varieties that are cultivated and harvested young specifically for their thin, tender spears. Their stems are pistachio green capped with purple- green cruciferous tree-shaped tips. They have a sweeter and more delicate grassy flavor than their more mature counterparts. Cooked pencil asparagus develop notes of toasted almonds, artichoke and butter.
Asparagus contains more glutathione than any other fruit or vegetable. This antioxidant plays an important role in the prevention of certain cancers and diseases, nutrient metabolism and regulating DNA and protein synthesis.
Pencil asparagus is tender enough to be eaten raw and if cooked, should be done so over high and brief heat, whether grilled, sauteed or steamed. Little embellishment is needed to showcase pencil asparagus' best qualities. Spring ingredients such as morel mushrooms, green garlic, wild ramps, fennel, leeks, young lettuces and citruses such as lemon and grapefruit are most suitable pairings. Other complimentary ingredients include aged nutty cheeses such as pecorino and alpine cheeses, bacon, proscuitto, cream, eggs, butter, shallots, herbs such as thyme and basil, yeasty breads like sourdough and wheat and grains such as brown rice, quinoa and farro. Asparagus will keep, dry and refrigerated, for up to a week.
Locally grown in Lompoc, California, Green Family Farms, also known as Life's A Choke, produces nearly thirty varieties of impressive specialty crops, including several sizes of asparagus.
Restaurants currently purchasing this product as an ingredient for their menu.
|Cafe Chloe||San Diego CA||619-232-3242|
|Uptown Tavern||San Diego CA||619-203-8584|
|The Joint||San Diego CA||619-222-8272|
|Miho Gastrotruck||San Diego CA||619-867-4295|
|La Costa Blue Fire||Carlsbad CA||760-930-7063|
|Chez Loma||Coronado CA||619-435-0661|
|Andrew Spurgin||San Diego CA||619-277-6020|
|Alchemy Restaurant||San Diego CA||619-255-0616|
|Alchemy Catering||San Diego CA|
|Marriott Marina Kitchen||San Diego CA||619-234-1500 x6113|
|The Wild Thyme Company||San Diego CA||858-527-0226|
|Crust Pizzeria||Carlsbad CA||760-944-1111|
|Culinary Concepts||San Diego CA||858-530-1885|
|Table 926||San Diego CA||858-539-0926|
Recipes that include Pencil California Asparagus. One is easiest, three is harder.
|Chaos In the Kitchen||Asparagus Carbonara|
|Lusciously Local||Spring Forward Pizza|
|Andrea Meyers||Spring Greens Salad with Asparagus, Snow Peas, Radishes, and Honey Dijon Vinaigrette|