All About Asparagus

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Soon we will be seeing asparagus at the farmers markets and more prominently in stores. Today I’d like to share a few tidbits about asparagus.

  1.  Asparagus is a great source of Foliate. One 1/2 cup serving contains 34% of your daily requirement.
  2. Asparagus helps digestive health with the carbohydrate inulin and 7% of your daily requirement of fiber.
  3. “Under ideal conditions, asparagus can grow 10″ in a 24 hour period”. (!)
  4. Asparagus is a member of the lily family, and are related to onions, garlic and leeks.
  5. Boil asparagus for 5-8 minutes for a tender veggie.
  6. To maintain freshness, store clean asparagus for up to 3 days in the refrigerator with the bottom wrapped in a damp paper towel.
  7. When purchasing, choose firm, straight stems. Look for tightly-closed tips.

Are you a fan of asparagus? How do you prepare it? Return tomorrow for a recipe for Lemon Asparagus and Mushroom Pasta.

Sources:
http://www.livestrong.com/article/35742-fresh-asparagus-nutritional-information/?r44b=no
http://www.asparagus.org/maab/facts.html
http://www.asparagus.org/maab/faq.html
http://homecooking.about.com/cs/foodfactsheets/p/asparagus_pro.htm?r44b=no

2 thoughts on “All About Asparagus

  1. Amanda Williams says:

    My favorite way to prepare asparagus is to line it up on a baking sheet, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, and sprinkle sea salt, black pepper and garlic powder on top. Bake for about 10-15 minutes. Yum!

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