Do you like asparagus? I can’t keep my hands off the stuff. Especially since it’s been on sale for the past 2 weeks. It’s usually pretty pricey so during most of the year I only cook it once a month or so. But since it’s starting to feel a bit more like Spring here in Charleston and the asparagus has likely started to shoot up, there’s a lot to go around so prices are low (I’m assuming). My Dad grows asparagus in his garden and it’s such a neat vegetable the way it grows. They grow straight up outta the ground and you just snap them off at whatever size you want. Once you snap it off, it continues to shoot back up all throughout the season. You get about 3-4 rounds out of them before they stop producing until the next year. Here’s a picture of the harvest I collected one night for dinner. Aren’t they beautiful?!
This veggie has a distinct yet amazing flavor that I think is best experienced by lightly sauteeing it with a little olive oil, salt, and pepper. It’s best sauteed just for a few minutes, otherwise, it turns dark green and starts to get soft and mushy if cooked longer than 5 minutes. If you’ve tried asparagus before and you didn’t like it, I encourage you to try it cooking it in a different way until you find a way you DO like it. You can probably get away with never eating asparagus and leading a normal healthy life, but look at all the stuff you’d miss out on:
It’s a good source of chromium, a mineral that enhances the activity of insulin and allows blood sugar to be cleared from your bloodstream a little better. If you’ve been diagnosed with pre-diabetes or diabetes, try incorporating more asparagus and broccoli into your diet as these are both rich in chromium.
It’s loaded with glutathione, an antioxidant that breaks down and removes cancer-causing substances found in the body. Steaming and microwaving asparagus can actually increase the total antioxidant activity in asparagus compared to boiling it, which significantly reduces its antioxidant activity.
It’s rich in folate, a B-vitamin that helps prevent anemia, aids in the healthy development of the fetus in utero and prevents birth defects, and works with Vitamin B12 to lower homocysteine levels which are indicators for heart disease.
Ready to give it another try? Try it in this recipe…