Asparagus only differs from other asparagus varieties in its size, as it is specifically grown and marketed to be 9 inches in length and 16 millimeters in diameter. Its deep pistachio-green stalks are tender at the tip and slightly woody and thick towards the end, and a slight purple blush often occurs around the stalk and throughout the conical tip.
Standard asparagus may be used in all recipes calling for any size asparagus. All asparagus spears should be snapped at their natural breaking or bending point. Discard the lower parts as they are too fibrous and woody to eat. Standard asparagus can be sauteed, steamed, boiled, baked and fried.