April brings in asparagus season. Asparagus season only lasts as long as the spring and its quality of taste deteriorates fast after picking. Asparagus is best eaten during its fresh season.
Asparagus has anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer benefits. High fiber content and umami taste makes asparagus healthy and filling. Compared to other vegetables, asparagus contains the highest amount of folic acid. It is also high in vitamin K, B vitamins, vitamin C and E.
I don’t like eating asparagus by itself so I try to find creative ways to incorporate this healthy veggie into my diet. Below are some tips:
- Creamy Asparagus Soup
The taste of asparagus is changed completely when pureed into a soup. It taste refreshing. Whole foods has a good asparagus soup recipe.
- Asparagus fried rice
Diced asparagus mixed with onions and other vegetables helps me to forget that I am actually eating asparagus. Sautee the asparagus and onions with carrots, corn, and eggs, then add cooked rice to complete the dish.
- Shaved asparagus salad
Use a vegetable peeler to thinly slice the asparagus into strips. Season it with olive oil, roasted pine nuts, and lemon vinaigrette to make an easy and tasty salad. Check out the recipe from CHOW.
How do you enjoy asparagus? Please feel free to share!