It’s really happening! Asparagus has arrived and the true harvest of spring has come!
Having local asparagus is important due to the high respiration (breakdown of starches and sugars and intake of oxygen) causing the vegetable to be less beneficial at the time of being picked. Not only that, but the fresher the better they taste. Aim to eat them within 2 days of purchasing for the freshest enjoyment.
Last week we talked about quercetin for seasonal allergies, and, the lovely asparagus vegetable has almost the highest of amount of quercetin, just behind the onion. Other big nutrients include Vit K, Folate, Copper, Vit B1 and selenium, Vit B2, and Vit C.
Like most green leafy veggies, they contain a good amount of fiber which helps to improve digestion and feed good gut bacteria. Meanwhile, phytonutrients are good anti-inflammatory support as well as high in anti-oxidants which is great for repairing damage in our cells.
Select green (or white or purple) colours. The stalks should be round - not twisted or flat. Remove the woody ends before cooking (NOTE - an idea is to have a bag in the freezer to save asparagus ends and give to your dog as a treat!). Cook for the least amount of time (5 minutes steam/grill) to retain as much nutrients as possible as they can be lost quickly if overcooked/heated.
Asparagus is a great last minute meal side because it does cook so quickly.
Enjoy adding asparagus to your next meal!