The outside of white asparagus cannot be eaten as this part is very fibrous. Therefore, most people who want to cook white asparagus are looking for a way to peel them.
If you’re looking for how to peel white asparagus, you’ve come to the right place, as I’ve got a lot of experience with this vegetable. We regularly eat it, which means I also regularly peel and clean them.
Step-by-step guide on peeling white asparagus
Equipment you will need to peel white asparagus are:
- Vegetable peeler
- Small kitchen knife
To peel your white asparagus, follow the steps below.
1. Hold it correctly and start peeling
There are different ways to hold white asparagus when you’re about to peel them, but the best way is to hold it in your non-dominant hand. Hold it right below the head while your thumb and index finger rest the stalk on your palm and wrist.
While holding it correctly, grab a sharp peeler and start peeling from below the head to the end. After peeling one side, turn it over a couple degrees and continue this process until the whole white asparagus is peeled.
2. Cut off the ends
After the whole asparagus is peeled, you can cut off the ends. Make sure that you cut off the ends about one inch from the end. If you feel that the asparagus is still a little fibrous, you can still peel away those parts using your peeler.
3. Temporarily store it
If you are not going to cook them right away, store the white asparagus by placing them inside a damp kitchen towel. This way they don’t dry out and will preserve their taste. If necessary, you can also store them for a longer duration.