Asparagus is related to onions, garlic, and other members of the lily family. It is a sure sign of spring when the aspapragus spear pokes out of the soil.
Why is it good for my body?Asparagus is high in vitamins A, B-complex, and C. It also carries rich minerals from the soil like potassium and zinc.
Where does it come from?Asparagus has been used since ancient times in many parts of the world. The name could have several possible origins: from the Persian word "asparag" meaning "sprout" or the Greek word "aspharagos" meaning "long as one's throat" or England where it was called "sparrow grass".
What season is it fresh?Asparagus has a super short growing season, which makes it very special. Late April through June, but May is truly the month for farm fresh asparagus! Of course, these days, we can fine fresh asparagus in the produce section of the grocery store.
How do I store and handle it?Store fresh asparagus in the refrigerator, banded together, upright in an inch of water. It can also be wrapped in a damp cloth and placed in the produce drawer of your refrigerator.
What are ways to eat it?To prepare asparagus, the woody bottoms will snap off naturally where they should. Asparagus tastes wonderful raw with a dip or chopped in a salad. Asparagus is also a perfect addition to a stir fry. Perhaps the most delicious way to prepare asparagus is to toss in a small amount of olive oil, season lightly with salt and pepper, and roast in a 375 degree oven for 7-10 minutes.