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Asparagus: Oh-So-Good For Your Taste Buds and Your Body

Why eat asparagus?

  • Because it's unmatched in its delicate, grassy flavor.
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  • It partners beautifully with savory foods (see ideas below).
  • Your digestive tract will thank you. Asparagus contains a type of fiber that feeds the healthy bacteria in your intestine. More healthy bacteria will nudge out the unhealthy stuff.
  • An extract found in asparagus improves insulin’s action in the body (lowering blood sugar).
  • It's a great source of vitamin C, B vitamins and a nutrient called rutin. All can help fight inflammation.

How do you pick the best bunch?

  • Whether the stalks are fat or thin, select bright green ones with closed, compact firm tips.

To keep asparagus fresh when you get home:

  • Snip a little off the bottom of each stalk. Store upright in a container with a little water. Cover the tops with a plastic bag. Use within 2 days.
  • If you wish to hold it longer, wrap the spears in a damp paper towel and store in a plastic bag in the crisper section of your refrigerator for up to five days.

Steam until you can pierce easily with the tip of a knife (about 6—7 minutes stovetop). Simple pairings:

  • Dress lightly with extra virgin olive oil, fresh lemon juice and a sprinkle of kosher or sea salt.
  • Toss hot or cold cooked asparagus with bottled Italian salad dressing for a burst of flavor.
  • Cut cooked asparagus into bite-sized pieces and add to your favorite pasta salad or pasta entrée.

Roasting asparagus adds a depth of flavor and is really easy to do. You can also grill it in a grill basket following the roasting directions and serve along with grilled chicken, fish, pork or beef. Our recipe for Asparagus al Forno will take the guesswork out of preparing crisp-tender asparagus no matter which method you choose.

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