Sprue is the name for the thinnnings or first pickings of the asparagus bed. They should be cheaper than asparagus proper and the flavor is good. They do not need to be scraped before cooking. When cooking, immersed them in water in a saucepan, and eat them either hot or cold, on their own or as an accompanying vegetable. You can also use them in stir-fries or with potatoes and peas or broad beans in an early summer vegetable stew. They can also be processed with some onion and potato to make a cream soup.
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