Asparagus has a mildly grassy and sweet flavour, it can be sautéed, steamed, boiled, baked and fried. Spring ingredients such as mushrooms, garlic, fennel, leeks, young lettuces and citruses are most suitable pairings. Other complimentary ingredients include olive oil, aged cheese, bacon, sausage, lamb, prosciutto, cream, eggs, butter, shallots, and fresh herbs. Asparagus works well with yeasty breads, like sourdough and wheat, and grains such as Arborio rice, quinoa and farro.