It’s Spring! And that means it is ASPARAGUS SEASON!!
In our kitchen, nothing says Spring like asparagus. I start looking for fresh, local asparagus in mid-May. Checking out the websites and social media posts of my favorite farmers, watching for the first signs of when some will be available.
When it comes to these little nutrition packed stalks, I really only buy them when it is asparagus season here. True, I can find some in the grocery store almost all year around. But I don’t think the long-traveled bunches taste as good. They’re flavor is flat and the texture tough, in my opinion.
Local Asparagus Season, Worth Is The Wait!
I’m sure you have seen the long, slender green stalks at your local market. But did you also know that asparagus comes in white and purple varieties as well? The white is less often available, probably because it is a more delicate variety. The purple stalks though can be more readily found, especially at a farmers’ market. That variety tends to be smaller and has a more fruity flavor.
Asparagus can be eaten raw – I have a very fond memory of my 3 & 5 year old children breaking off and eating the stalks while standing in the garden! It can also be sauteed, grilled, creamed for soups, picked in spears or frozen to enjoy later.
This delicious veggie is a member of the lily family. It is thought to have originated in the Mediterranean region about 2,000 years ago. Asparagus was prized for it’s medicinal and aphrodisiac qualities.
Asparagus is loaded full of nutrients and antioxidants. It’s a good source of fiber, vitamins A, C,E and K, as well as folate and chromium.
It can help fight some cancers like bone, breast, colon and lung cancer.
More Asparagus Please!
Do you have any asparagus recipes you’d like to share or are looking for? Feel free to reach out to me through the contact form on the right or on my Contact page. I’d be happy to speak with you.
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Enjoy and Be Healthy!