Asparagus peelers are designed to safely peel the woody parts of asparagus spears.
There are a few issues with preparing asparagus, but one of the big ones is peeling. Many a cook has cut themselves using traditional vegetable peelers on asparagus spears.
Asparagus peelers solve that issue having a design which keeps fingers away from the peeler blades and using an extension of the handle for leverage instead.
It is worth noting that the entire asparagus spear should not be peeled in most cases. It is only the woody ends that need peeling and that is only true if you don't snap them off or remove them.
White asparagus (different than the green) typically needs to be peeled to prepare and eat. White asparagus is grown beneath the ground and has a tougher skin than the green we are familiar with in USA.
Asparagus is often a "presentation" food, meaning that you want it to look good when you serve it. Asparagus spears that are long and elegant make that presentation special.
Asparagus is expensive! You are throwing away alot of money when you snap off those thicker ends (probably half the weight of the asparagus spear).
The most important factors when buying an asparagus peeler are safety, sharpness and rust free construction.
Asparagus peelers are specialty items and as such they are not represented well by famous brands.
There are two main types of this utensil. The hand peeler (as shown on all the images on this page) and the feed through type peeler.
The feedthrough type looks like it would be great, but when we bought one and tried it we found out that it really is not a good idea.
We do not recommend the feedthrough type because it is expensive, not adjustable and takes too much off the spears.
We highly recommend the hand peeler though! It is a very safe and effective way to peel asparagus peels.
This utensil is the one you see in some of our images on this page (the "how to" images). It is strong, looks great and has tested well in our trials. This asparagus peeler is our recommended pick.
This was a nice inexpensive one that works great in our testing. This peeler was also featured in images on this page.
We were not happy with the expense or performance of this tool. However, we looked at it from the eyes of an individual consumer. It may be useful to a restaurant or caterer.