Best Rite Of Spring

White asparagus at Eckert's

Fresh asparagus is great in and of itself, but if you've never had the white variety -- never allowed to turn green, by virtue of the labor-intensive process of keeping it buried as it grows -- well, you've really missed a treat. Home cooks must remember to peel it to the tips, lest it be tough, but the resulting buttery, nutty, almost indescribable taste is a sure sign of spring, and if you choose to get yours at Eckert's, not only can you buy bundles of the less-aesthetic but still yummy tips for less than you'll pay for full stalks, you also get the joy of shopping in the metro area's best country market.
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