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Veggie on the Block: Asparagus

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asparagus e1306206525796 Veggie on the Block: AsparagusI was at None Such Farm this weekend and was thrilled to pick up some of their home grown asparagus.  I absolutely LOVE fresh asparagus.  It is usually found green, but also comes in a purple color and even white.  The purple is said to be higher in sugar and lower in fiber.  The white variety is known as delicacy (even a Royal vegetable) in some countries and it’s flavor is said to be less bitter.

There are many ways to prepare asparagus from steaming to grilling to wrapping in Prosciutto.  Here is how I make asparagus for my family- very simple.

1) Wash the asparagus.

2) Peel any thick pieces at the bottom with a vegetable peeler.

3) Place in a frying pan with olive oil (heat oil medium heat first) and cook until tender- not mushy.  This usually only takes a few minutes (3 minutes- maybe 5 depending on heat)  Be careful not to overcook.  Asparagus cooks quickly and just is not good mushy- yuck.

That’s it.  Here are some other Asparagus recipes I found around the web:

Asparagus.org
FoodNetwork.com
AllRecipes.com


Asparagus is known as the vegetable that makes your “Pee smell funny.”   Contrary to the distinctive smell, this vegetable is actually very good for you.  And here is a crazy little fun fact.  According to a recent study in 2010 Br. J. Clin. Pharmac, most people produce the odorous urine after eating asparagus, but only 22% of people have the autosomal gene required to smell them….weird huh?

Why Eat it? Asparagus has been used as a diuretic in history dating all the way back to the third century.  It is low in calories and sodium and is a good source of vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium and zinc.  And it’s a VERY good source of fiber, protein, Vitamins A, C, E, K, thiamin, riboflavin, nicacin, folic acid, iron,  phosphorus, potassium, copper, managancse and selenium and chromium (a mineral that helps transport glucose in the bloodstream into cells)  Asparagus is high in anti-oxidants for sure.  And in just six spears of asparagus, you’ll get 135 micrograms of folate (almost 1/2 the RDA) If you are pregnant, gobble this vegetable up!  It is also said that asparagus has properties to neutralize ammonia that can make us tired.

I actually just planted this perennial plant in my garden this year.  The leaves look sort of fern like.  To be honest, I don’t know much about having asparagus in my garden and I believe it must be planted in the fall to yield any sort of crop in the spring.  I promise I will share what I learn.  I did read that a great companion plant to have with your asparagus is tomatoes.

 Veggie on the Block: Asparagus

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Kristie Finnan is a Registered Dietitian/Licensed Nutritionist, Freelance Writer and Published Children's Author. She is the Mom of 3 and Food Snob with a passion for Nutrition Education, Healthy Kids Foods, Marketing and Social Media. Kristie is the Creative Director/Editor for www.DivaDietitian.com and www.KidsLoveFood.com & Founder of www.DoylestownNutrition.com. Diva Dietitian blogs in Full Disclosure. Please see: http://kristiefinnan.com/about/disclosure.

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