All About Asparagus

May is National Asparagus Month!

If you have not yet tried this vegetable, then it’s the perfect time to do so. Asparagus may not be everyone’s favorite, but there are so many ways to make it tasty.

The Benefits:
  • Low in calories and sodium
  • Has no cholesterol or saturated fat
  • High in fiber, Folate, Calcium, and vitamins A and C
  • Excellent source of vitamin B2, B6, K, and Potassium
  • Contains anti-oxidants and helps prevent heart disease, urinary tract infections, cancer, and mouth ulcers
How to Pick & Store It:
  1. Choose stalks that are larger in diameter. Larger diameter is an indication of better quality
  2. Stalks should be of good color and closed tips. Choose dry and tight tips. Avoid limp or wilted stalks.
  3. Asparagus is best when cooked on the same day as purchased.
  4. If unable to cook on the same day, refrigerate unwashed asparagus for up to 4-5 days by wrapping the end of stalks in wet paper towel and placing them in a plastic bag.
Ways to Prepare It:

Asparagus can be used in salads, appetizers, side dishes, or in a entree. Before cooking, wash in cold water to remove direct. Remove the end of stalks.

  • Blanch when using in a salad or cold dishes. Place the asparagus in boiling water for a minute or 2 and then place in ice bath to stop the cooking.
  • Roast on a baking sheet with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes.
  • Grill on a medium-high heat grill coated with olive oil for 8-10 minutes.

*You can also boil, steam, microwave, or stir-fry.

Try these delicious recipes:

 Garlicky Roasted Asparagus

 Balsamic Strawberry Asparagus Salad

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