I've come to love asparagus in the last two years or so. Before that, I wouldn't get near the tall, spindly green veg with a pole. After a childhood of really, really bad asparagus dishes, who can blame me? Then one day, I tried simple grilled asparagus, and the clouds parted in spectacular fashion. Asparagus is great!

Now that spring has sprung, asparagus will be popping up in supermarkets across the country. A prolific grower, asparagus can grow several inches in a day. A mature asparagus planting can produce stalks for decades! Whether you're cooking the stalks you grew or just picking up a bundle at the store, here are 5 delicious ways you can salute asparagus this spring.

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