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Asparagus Season is Here! Celebrate With Tips & Recipes

Asparagus Season is Here! Celebrate With Tips & Recipes

We got our first young asparagus in our CSA basket a few weeks ago, which means that asparagus season has arrived! Check out some health benefits and cooking tips for this season’s asparagus bounty.

Asparagus season is short. June’s heat marks the end of most asparagus crops, so now’s the time to enjoy this delicious veggie at its freshest. Whether you serve it grilled, steamed, or sauteed, asparagus makes any meal feel a little bit more special, doesn’t it?

Health Benefits of Asparagus

To get the maximum health benefits from your asparagus, it’s best to eat it as soon as possible after it’s picked. That means that locally-grown asparagus has more health benefits than spears shipped from far away.

Asparagus is one of the few veggies that contains a special type of carbohydrate called inulin. Inulin is a prebiotic associated with better digestion. Prebiotics are not beneficial bacteria like probiotics. Instead, they feed the beneficial bacteria that are already in our bellies.

If you’re trying to eat an anti-inflammatory diet, asparagus is a great addition to your grocery list. It contains a long list of anti-inflammatory phytonutrients like saponins and quercetin.

Asparagus is also a great source for antioxidants and trace minerals. In fact, there’s research showing that asparagus rivals cruciferous vegetables like broccoli and kale in this department.

How to Cook and Store Asparagus

Wrap asparagus in a damp paper towel or kitchen towel to keep it fresh.

How to Store and Cook Asparagus

Asparagus loses water quickly, so you’re best off eating it as soon as possible after getting it home. If it’s going to spend more than a day in the fridge, wrap the ends in a damp kitchen towel to help prevent moisture loss.

When you’re ready to cook, just snap off the woody ends by hand, and you’re ready to go! Here are some asparagus recipes to get you going:

Do you have a favorite spring asparagus recipe? I’d love to hear yours in the comments!

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!

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2:34PM PDT on Aug 27, 2014

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7:25AM PDT on Jul 30, 2014

Asparagus - Yummy!!
Thanks for the recipes for some different ways to fix it.

10:23PM PDT on Jun 2, 2014

thanks

1:25PM PDT on Jun 2, 2014

just got fresh asparagus!!

8:55AM PDT on May 25, 2014

Sounds relish as well! It's good to get some.new recipe's. I usually just do the same ole same ole..which is streamed asparagus w/ ghee & a little sea-salt...boring I guess, but still good!

5:50AM PDT on May 25, 2014

Noted thanks.

4:11PM PDT on May 21, 2014

Thank you :)

11:50AM PDT on May 21, 2014

WOW!!! I JUST LOVE ASPARAGUS. IT'S A SHAME IT'S SO COSTLY. Thank-you for sharing,Theresa Robinson Thank's a Bunch Becky.

3:11PM PDT on May 16, 2014

I love asparagus!

4:15AM PDT on May 16, 2014

Thank you for sharing!

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