They are now in season.
  1. Asparagus are now in season, that means there should be good deals on them at the supermarket
  2. 1 cup has a very diet friendly 27 calories
  3. They are great steamed, grilled, broiled, boiled, you name it, you can’t go wrong
  4. If you like to dip things, they make great dippers
  5. They are very high in Vitamin K and Folate, and also a good source of Lutein & Zeaxanthin (951 mcg/1 cup)
  6. It’s a cool vegetable because it has an amino acid named after it, Asparagine
  7. How many vegetables can you store upright in the refrigerator like fresh flowers?

Choosing asparagus:

Look for firm, bright, smooth spears with full, tightly formed heads. When you snap them,they should seem crisp and moist

Storing Asparagus

I try to keep them similar to fresh cut flowers, upright in a container with a small amount of cold water in the refrigerator. Others use a paper towel, or a clean damp kitchen towel, and store them in a plastic bag in the crisper section of their refrigerator for up to 4 – 5 days.

My favorite way to prepare them is to use a vegetable peeler to take off the outside skin, exposing the very light green underside, boil them for 2-3 minutes and then throw them in an ice bath. They come out so crisp and tasty, and are good warm or cold.

If you want more information on asparagus, this link has some great information.

What’s your favorite way to eat asparagus?