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Once a darling of Victorian dinner parties, these tantalising tips are among our most prized veg, thanks to their subtle class and colour – and are delicious dipped, says Clarissa Hyman

Asparagus

On a visit to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, I learnt an astonishing fact. In the 19th century, asparagus was hugely popular and, as a result, had more specialised utensils devoted to its serving and consumption than any other vegetable. You couldn’t move in a middle-class Victorian pantry without falling over the array of decorative trays, drainers, stands, dishes and plates with wells for sauce that every aspiring hostess doubtless had to possess. One of the prettiest exhibits was……

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