Springing in the Season with Asparagus

Springing in the Season with AsparagusSpringtime means asparagus in season. When selecting asparagus, shop for stalks that have firm tips that are bright green in color and closed at the top.

Asparagus is a nutritional powerhouse, providing an excellent source of vitamins A and K. A 12-stalk serving (1 cup) of asparagus provides:

  • 40 calories
  • 0.4 grams fat
  • 7.4 grams carbohydrate
  • 3.6 grams dietary fiber
  • 4.3 grams protein

You can get asparagus in green, white or purple varieties. And, did you know – according to the USDA, when the temperature reaches 90°F, an asparagus can grow seven inches in one day?

Check out this time lapse video of asparagus growing over an 8 hour period:

The California Department of Public Health recommends storing asparagus by wrapping the bottoms of stalks in a damp paper towel and placing in a plastic bag. Store int he refrigerator for up to three days – making sure that the tips stay dry.

Don’t like the way asparagus makes your urine smell? Don’t worry, asparagine – the amino acid responsible for the near-immediate pungent smell eliminated in urine – is harmless; and unique only to asparagus.

Try preparing asparagus by shaving the bottom of stalks with a vegetable peeler, tossing in olive oil and balsamic vinegar, sprinkling with sea salt and cracked black pepper and broiling for 5-8 minutes until tender.

Now, get ready to enjoy a spring treat that packs a ton of fiber with minimal calories!

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