The French love asparagus, both the green and white kind, especially in the spring when it’s one of the first homegrown vegetables to appear, along with spinach. In winter you can also find green aspearagus imported from South America. White asparagus (asperges blanches) in jars is always available and often finds it way into a saad.
In spring you can also find wild asparagus (asperges sauvages or asperges sylvestres) if you know where to look, or at a specialist greengrocers.
Images by Jeremy Keith from Brighton, United Kingdom, Sotiria Simota