July 4, 2011
In Season: Asparagus
Nutrients: Asparagus is high in folic acid (1 cup provides 65 percent of daily needs for this vital nutrient); low in calories, a medium spear has 4 calories; contains glutathione, a cancer-fighting phytochemical; and is an excellent source of vitamin K.
Green, purple and white asparagus, which are at their peak during late spring and early summer, will add color and flavor to your plate.
When shopping, look for firm stalks that are dry and rounded with firm tips.
Try tossing asparagus in olive oil and placing on the BBQ for a tasty side dish, add cut cooked stalks to pizza or tossing diced asparagus into an omelet.
Posted by Lisa at July 4, 2011 6:34 AM
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Asparagus with a little olive oil, freshly ground pepper and a splash of lemon juice is amazing on the grill, or even just a grill pan on the stove. Buy it fresh from a local farm market.
Raw asparagus also has a neat flavour that I'd recommend (even better when it's picked straight from the field).
What can I say? I love the stuff. ;)
Posted by: Melissa Wright at July 15, 2011 2:38 PM
I'm with you on the lightly seasoned asparagus on the grill! Nothing better! The raw asparagus, I'm not so sure about - I'll have to try it :)
Posted by: Lisa at July 16, 2011 1:35 PM