It’s spring time which is asparagus season! Asparagus are a healthy and delicious vegetable which can be made in a multitude of ways. I like to just steam them in a little water in a frying pan, drain, and add a pat of butter and some salt and pepper. You can also toss in some olive oil, season with salt and pepper and roast them right in the oven for about 20 minutes, sprinkling with parmesan cheese at the end. If you are out grilling just toss in olive oil and throw them right on the hot grill! They are also wonderful pickled. They are welcome treat found in salads, in omelettes, stuffed in a chicken breast, as a side dish, or an appetizer. Asparagus soup is always a treat and easy to make.
Instead of cutting off tough ends it is recommended you snap them off. You can also peel the rough skin at the bottom which makes for a lot of visual appeal. White asparagus are ones that don’t see the light and therefore don’t turn green.
This vegetable is unique in that it is a natural diuretic and therefore good for blood pressure. Be warned however that asparagus has a reputation for causing a distinct odor in one’s urine!
Asparagus score high points in nutrition. It is low in calories and sodium. It is loaded with vitamins including A, C, E and K.
Hit your local supermarket and the farmers markets for this wonderful vegetable fresh and in season now!