Spring and Fall are the high seasons, when they will be small and tender. Larger and tougher the rest of the year.
Cut off root and tough, dark green leaves. Slice in half lengthwise and rinse dirt from stalk. boil, braise, puree, steam, stew
bacon, bechamel sauce, beets, bread crumbs, butter, cheese, cream, fish, hollandaise sauce, lemon, mustard, olive oil, Parmesan cheese, parsley, peas, potatoes, red wine, thyme, tomatoes, vinaigrette