For some people, it's Christmas. For others, it's the languid days of summer. Still others prefer the crisp promise of fall's fresh start. Not me. For me, it's all about asparagus season. I await the early wisps of spring with intensity, eager to get my hands on those sweet, vegetal stalks. The window for the best of the bunch is short (March through June with a peak in April), so get in early and stay late. If it's still a bit too chilly for asparagus in your neck of the woods, then go ahead and bookmark these recipes and whip them out when the time is right — you won't regret it.

A guide to cooking every asparagus, from the straggly to the chunky

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Tossed with greens

1. Shaved asparagus and mint salad

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2. Shaved asparagus salad with feta and peas

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3. Fresh raw pea asparagus and fava beans salad with herbs and pecorino

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4. Spring vegetable panzanella with poached eggs

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Straight and simple

5. Asparagus with panchetta

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6. Asparagus with spring garlic pesto

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7. Pan-roasted asparagus with brown butter, lemon, and eggs mimosa

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8. Roasted asparagus with poached egg and lemon-mustard sauce

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Warm and filling

9. Martha Rose Shulman's quick-braised fish with baby potatoes and greens

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10. Oyster sauce glazed asparagus and mushrooms

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11. Vegan lemon asparagus risotto

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12. Asparagus, leek, and ricotta quiche

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This story was originally published on Food52.com: 12 recipes for the asparagus lover in all of us.