No other green vegetable heralds the beginning of spring quite like asparagus. Although now available year-round thanks to imports, asparagus is still most plentiful and reasonably priced from early March through mid-summer when domestic crops are harvested. This popular vegetable is a member of the lily family and ranges in color from green to purple to white. Green asparagus is the most common U.S. variety. Although most of our asparagus recipes feature cooked asparagus, this gorgeous green veggie can be served either hot or cold in side dishes, salads, as pizza toppings or in stir-fries, pasta dishes, quiches and omelets.