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Enjoy Healthy, Tasty Spring Asparagus

Enjoy Healthy, Tasty Spring Asparagus

Spring is right around the corner, and that means fresh asparagus spears are going to be pushing up through the earth. Asparagus is a flavorful, healthy spring treat and can be added to many meals.

According to the website World’s Healthiest Foods, asparagus is an excellent source of anti-inflammatory vitamin K, heart-healthy folate, vitamin B1, vitamin C, and vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene) and bone-building copper. Asparagus is a very good source of energy-producing vitamin B2, and B3 as well as phosphorus; heart-healthy potassium, vitamin B6 and dietary fiber; antioxidant-promoting vitamin E and manganese; and muscle-building protein.

This spring, find local fresh asparagus to prepare in the kitchen, and get extra to freeze in small batches to use throughout the rest of the year. You can also pickle and can asparagus if you like tangy foods.

Here are some recipe ideas to help you enjoy your spears:

If you’ve been thinking of growing a bed of asparagus, that’s a great way to ensure you get the absolute freshest spears. This perennial is productive and comes back year after year without much maintenance. Check out Growing Asparagus for tips and how-to. Happy spring!

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Related: In the Garden: How to Grow 5 Spring Basics, Time to Plant Asparagus! and Aspraragus: Our Ally for Good Health

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Shelley Stonebrook

Shelley Stonebrook is an Associate Editor at Mother Earth News—North America’s most popular magazine about sustainable, self-reliant living—where she works on exciting projects such as Organic Gardening content and the Vegetable Garden Planner. Shelley is particularly interested in organic gardening, small-scale, local food production, waste reduction, food preservation and cooking. In her spare time, she posts in her personal blog, The Rowdy Radish.

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9:58AM PDT on Apr 26, 2014

thank you

5:59AM PDT on Apr 25, 2013

thanks

6:50AM PDT on Apr 1, 2013

Yummy

11:54AM PDT on Mar 23, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

5:44AM PST on Feb 24, 2013

Thanks for ..

3:44AM PST on Feb 24, 2013

Let's go green

1:15AM PST on Feb 24, 2013

Thanks for sharing

8:46PM PST on Feb 23, 2013

Thanks

5:02PM PST on Feb 11, 2013

Thanks for the recipes.

8:58AM PST on Feb 3, 2013

Very informative article, thanks.

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