Children are more likely to eat foods they are familiar with, and they're less likely to eat foods that are foreign to them. By seeing, handling, cooking with or tasting a food a few times, children become more comfortable with that particular ingredient.
How to foster this friendship? Involve the child as much as possible! If you're including asparagus in a dish, talk about where it grows, the color and shape, and how it's cooked. Ask your child to assist in the preparation, such as snapping the asparagus ends or cutting with a plastic knife.
Note: It can take 7 to 10 exposures for a child to even try a new food. Be patient and persistent!