I just love asparagus! Friends moved here (Florida) from the Dakotas and told me they picked it out of the ditches there!! How wonderful...I'd be wading through ditches everyday! I think its a "special" veggie, something I haven't ever seen grown here. This is a nice Asian themed asparagus salad. Chilling time is not included in prep and cooking time.....You will need to chill at least an hour and a half.