Fresh in April: Asparagus

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Spring is here!

That means farmer markets are going to start popping up everywhere again and we will have easy access to the freshest local produce that BC has to offer. (Go onto the Vancouver Farmer Market Website to find a location closest to you).

Asparagus is one of the earliest vegetable to pop up in spring – so I thought as Vancouver finally heads into spring weather, let’s talk a bit about asparagus.

When you pick asparagus, look at the tips and pick out ones that are tight and firm (they tend to be more tender). Don’t forget to look at the other end too – I prefer slimmer stems as they always seem to be less woody.

Once you get home, either stand the asparagus upright in a small amount of water in the fridge or wrap it in a wet paper towel inside a plastic bag and placed inside the crisper.

Asparagus is a great source of vitamin K, B vitamins and fiber. Try it as an appetizer, in a soup or even a light side dish to a hearty main course. Enjoy!

Here are a few recipes to highlight this vegetable:

Sesame-Ginger Glazed Asparagus

Asparagus Frittata

Asparagus Ribbon Salad

Pasta with Peas and Asparagus

Cream of Asparagus Soup

For more information on the health benefits of asparagus, check out WHFoods: Asparagus.

Author: Admin

Food fanatic + Nutrition nerd = Dietitian!

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