Asparagus is a member of the lily family. In ideal conditions asparagus can grow 10 inches in a 24-hour period. Thicker asparagus spears are best for roasting or grilling. The bigger the spears, the longer they take to cook & the more roasted flavour they will have. Thicker spears are also more succulent, almost meaty in texture. Thin spears are best steamed or grilled.
1 lb of asparagus is equivalent to the following:
- 11-20 large spears
- 21-30 medium spears
- 31-35 small spears