Generally, thinner spears are more delicate and tender; thicker spears have stronger flavor and hearty texture. Thicker spears can be sliced on the diagonal into smaller pieces to cook more quickly.
❁ Green – the most common type.
❁ White – covered with soil as it grows to keep green pigments from developing. Considered a delicacy and may cost more than green.
❁ Purple – has more sugar and less fiber than green. The skin is burgundy or purple but the flesh is pale green to creamy white. Cooking may cause more green to show. Less commonly available and may cost more than green.