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Should asparagus be peeled?

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Question: Should asparagus be peeled?
Should asparagus be peeled?
Answer: Many chefs peel the lower stalks to avoid any woody strings, but others insist this is not necessary with properly selected, thin, fresh asparagus. Peeling is recommended for thicker stalks.

If you feel the need to peel, chop off the bottom inch or two of the stalk, and peel downward from the tip.

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