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Trimming Asparagus: It's a Snap

By Cook's Illustrated Published May 2011

Even the most thin, delicate spears of asparagus still have tough, woody ends that must be removed. To break off the ends at precisely the right point, all you need is your hands.
Grip the stalk about halfway down; with the other hand, hold the stem between the thumb and index finger about an inch or so from the bottom and bend the stalk until it snaps.