As I reap the benefits of my first CSA season, I have decided to get to know some of the produce I’m receiving in my share a little better.
Each week, I will plan to explore facts about a chosen food and ask you for your recipes and suggestions for preparation through a link party.
Please join me, guide me and help me get to know my foods.
This week’s featured food is ASPARAGUS!
Also know as: Asparagus officinalis
Origins: Europe, northern Africa and western Asia
Nutrition and Health Benefits:
- Rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Vitamin K, Folate, and antioxidants
- Low calorie
- Anti-inflammatory nutrients
- Supports heart health, strong bones, good digestion, blood sugar regulation, & lower blood pressure
- Has been shown to help fight cancers, asthma, arthritis, depression, & fatigue.
Season of Harvest: Spring
Selection: Choose bright colored stalks with dry, tight tips. Avoid stalks that are wilted or limp. Cut or snap stems at ground level.
Storage: Refrigerate. Wrap stalk ends in a wet paper towel and place in a plastic bag in order to help them last longer.
Preservation: Freeze – leave whole or cut into 1-2″ lengths. Blanch, chill and freeze. Other methods include dry or pressure canning.
Suggested Preparation: Raw, grill, roast, steam
Recipes: See links below