Spring has sprung and so will the delicious Asparagus

 

Varieties of asparagus

Spring has sprung and so will the delicious Asparagus

Asparagus arrives when the weather begins warming up and this veggie will begin popping out of the ground.   Usually this veggie is bought in batches at the home or garden centers.  There are many new varieties being offered now. Besides the green colored ones, there is now purple and white. I don’t really incorporate the white or purple into any of the meals I prepare.  If you are looking to try the newer varieties, they usually can be found in higher end supermarkets rather than your typical local ones.

Healing aspects of asparagus:

People do claim that asparagus does have quite a few healing properties. The chlorophyll acts as a cleanser and will clean out the liver, spleen and kidneys. Basically it is doing a natural detox on the body. Another great healing property is that it has shown to slow down the aging process and reduce inflammation within the body. The health benefits of asparagus include a healthy cardiovascular system, relief from pre-menstrual syndrome, and healthier bones.  Also it is being used to treat cancer, diabetes, cataracts, rheumatism and depression.  It also helps with urinary tract infections and blood cholesterol. Why not try adding some asparagus to your diet for some great health benefits.

Incorporating them into your diet:

So here are a number of ways to cook this veggie. Try steaming, roasting, grilling or add to a stir-fry.  These quick-cooking methods will preserve the nutritional content and its antioxidants  Great ways to incorporate them into meals are putting them into a quiche, a soup, and or maybe roast them oil and parmesan cheese. If you follow a vegetarian diet try making asparagus with risotto.  Even though you need to stand over the pot to cook risotto, this will be a meal that is very filling.

Planting them in your garden:

If you feel like experimenting, why not try adding this veggie to your garden. Here is some additional information to help you with planting.

  • Asparagus is planted in early spring as soon as the soil can be worked.
  • Eliminate all weeds. Till the soil with a layer of compost, manure or soil mix.
  • Dig shallow trenches of 6 inches deep.
  • Be sure your beds have good drainage. They don’t like to live in wet soil.
  • Harvest them the following year. It takes time for these veggies to acclimate in the soil.

 

 

 

 

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