This veggie update is all about asparagus; those weird, green stemmy things that show up during this time of the year. Why should you try them? Keep reading!
What’s so great about them? Asparagus has some crazy health benefits. It doesn’t get digested at the first stage of of digestion and feeds some great bacteria in your large intestine. Cool, eh? It also has anti-inflammatory properties that regulate blood sugar and promote healthy hearts. There’s some crazy research around leukemia and asparagus but that’s still really unclear.
Also, if you have the gene for it, it will make your urine smell very funny.
Are they easy to grow? According to the Vegetable Gardner, making the bed is the most important part because asparagus can grow up to 20 years (it’s a perennial plant!)
What do I do with them? Omg, what can’t you do with them? Throw them in a saute with potatoes, mushrooms, ramps, and olive oil. Roast them. Shave them into ribbons for a salad. Cut off the woody part of the stem and just go to town.
Okay, where can I find them? Supermarkets, small groceries, farmers’ markets- you can find purple, green, and white asparagus at some of any of these places. They run for about $4-6/lb or $5 for a bunch.