If your kid sticks her nose up at the sight of spears, try out these 5 methods–and share in the comments your own tricks that work!

1. Engage their other senses. It looks long and skinny. It feels smooth and bumpy. It makes a loud sound when you snap the end off. Getting kids involved ways that don’t involve tasting the veggie can make it less intimidating and more fun.

2. Cook it so it’s tasty. Mushy asparagus? Yuck! Make it crispy and crunchy by boiling the spears for two minutes and then immediately transferring them to a bowl of ice water. Or drizzle with olive oil and salt roast in a 375 degree oven and until they develop some golden brown color.

3. Shave it. Using a spiralizer (if you’re fancy like that) or plain old peeler if you’re not (raises hand), shave or swirl the spears to form long ribbons. There’s no cooking involved, and ribbons are fun to eat!

4. Make them fries. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees then coat asparagus first in a beaten egg, and then in a 2:1 mixture of breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese. Lay in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes until golden and crisp.

5. Purée it for baby. Asparagus is a yummy choice for babies 9 months and up (feeding them to younger babies could cause uncomfortable gas), and mixed with potato, rice, or carrots. Watch out for smelly baby pee!