Asparagus: Oh-So-Good For Your Taste Buds and Your Body
Why eat asparagus?
- Because it's unmatched in its delicate, grassy flavor.
- 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.