I just love asparagus, it is nice steamed or grilled as a side dish and can add a wonderful flavor to many soups salads or even pasta and pizza. I like mine steamed with a touch of butter and a sprinkle of grey sea salt served with poached eggs for breakfast.
Recently, I was researching asparagus and came across this wonderful article explaining the many health benefits of this wonderful food.
Asparagus contains vitamins B, folic acid, C, E as well as many minerals including calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, selenium, iodine, magnesium, manganese, sulphur, silicon and florine.
Asparagus has been used as a natural remedy to help cure kidney disorders, bladder infections, arthritis, it strengthens the lungs, heals stomach pains, bowl disorders, kidney stones, cramps, convulsions, gall and liver ailments. Asparagus can assist with weight loss, stress and nervous tension, skin diseases and has been used to brighten vision.
Perhaps the most astounding claim on asparagus is its ability to cure cancer.
Read this link for some great information on asparagus.
Grown your own!
Another great thing about asparagus is that it is easy to grow in most climates. And being a perennial plant it returns and spreads in your garden year after year.
You can start asparagus from seed however it can take 3-5 year to produce edible stalks. The quicker way to grow your own would be to purchase crowns (asparagus roots) from a nursery. Once the soil is prepared and the asparagus is planted, they require little care. They even provide a great benefit in your garden as asparagus plants actually repel some of the nuisance insects that can damage other plants.
For more information on growing your own organic asparagus read this great information sheet.
Or buy some
Growing your own food is always best and with a beautiful edible perennial like asparagus, who can resist getting out a digging in the dirt. But if you prefer to buy asparagus, then canned, bottled or frozen is just as healthy as fresh, as long as it is organic J
Here are just a few manufactures offering organic asparagus, if you can’t find them at your local grocery store, speak to your store manager and ask them to carry these brands:
Woodstock Farms Carry frozen baby asparagus as well as many other frozen organic produce. They also carry a full line of organic groceries from cream and sugar to condiments, pickles and packaged foods.
Cascadian Farms Carry a full line of organic products including frozen organic asparagus cuts.
Green Organic Offers Canadian white and green frozen asparagus as well as a full line of frozen organic foods, they also offer private label to companies.
Native Forest by Edward & Sons Have a full line of organic products including organic canned and bottled asparagus.
Just imagine, eating this tasty vegetable could also benefit your health in so many ways.
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