Make the most of this great-tasting ingredient in store now

The British asparagus season comes but once a year, so steam, boil, roast, sauté or shave as much of this versatile vegetable as you can over the coming weeks. Should you be in need of ideas: smoked salmon-draped asparagus spears are a posh alternative to toast dippers for soft-boiled eggs, a salad made from thinly shredded raw asparagus, crunchy breadcrumbs and almonds goes well with lamb, while egg, ricotta and shaved asparagus pizza is so simple to make and so, so satisfying to eat.

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