(Dear devoted readers, I had WordPress issues this past week and my post never went out on April 4. So here it is! Thanks for your patience!)
It is officially asparagus time!
I went to my farmers market early on Saturday because I heard Cane Creek Farms would have their first batch of asparagus. Farmer, Michael Kirk, said this is the earliest it has ever come in.
A customer standing next to me said she had been dreaming of asparagus. I felt the same way.
For me, these beautiful green spears represent a true sign of spring and a sign of more fresh and local vegetables to come.
I eat asparagus until I am sick of it. Because, it is short lived and it is so good.
Usually, I lightly simmer the spears and then drain. I add olive oil and salt and pepper. That’s all it needs.
Roasting is the best! Again, olive oil and salt and pepper. Roast at 400 for only 5-10 minutes.
I always make extra and then chill it with a vinagraitte dressing or just lemon juice and olive oil. We have it with a salad the next day.
I repeat this over and over.
But, I do like new recipes and always feel a need to branch out.
Adding asparagus to all sorts of cold salads is fun. The possibilities are endless.
I have experimented with making a rice bowl and adding sautéed onions, black beans, corn, avocado, feta cheese crumbles, and asparagus. It is good! Add a fried egg?
My favorite is to whip up some asparagus soup on a chilly spring night. I add one or two small potatoes to add some creaminess and a big spoonful of marscapone or cream cheese. I then blend it thoroughly with my immersion blender. Easy.
I would love to know your favorite ways to eat asparagus? Do you have any fun new recipes?
Please share! We need some inspiriation!
For curious minds…..these shoots are native to Africa, Europe and Asia. California, Washington, and Michigan are the major asparagus producing states in the U.S.
And did you know……asparagus is an excellent anti-inflammatory? It is full of antioxidants and nearly 100 phytonutrients. It offers digestive support because of the soluble fiber inulin, which helps digestion in the lower intestine. Asparagus is also rich in the B vitamin folate which benefits cardiovascular health, brain health and reduces dementia. Also included in the healthy profile is vitamin E and C, zinc, magnesium, iron, potassium and calcium to name only a few.
So…..get your fill!
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