There is a farmer selling fresh Asparagus at the Wednesday and Saturday Nelson markets.
It is totally delicious..... tender - and full of flavour.
He gave me a couple of tips.
Basically he cooks the asparagus in pre-boiled water with a smidgen of salt - for <2 minutes. He cuts off the ends (about 1 inch) basically he sticks in a fork to test... the asparagus .. should pop... under the pressure of the fork (like when you bite into a perfectly cooked prawn).
Then with the left over water he adds a sachet of maggi chicken soup - and cooks with the discarded asparagus ends... the last step is mashing in the asparagus ends... amazing.