All About Asparagus!
For some, asparagus might take some getting used to – but give it a chance and you’ll see why this lean green veggie should always find its way onto your shopping list! Whether you’re a picky eater or food lover, asparagus can be prepared in a variety of ways to please any taste and diet.
Asparagus is a healthy addition to any diet as a great source of vitamins like K, B1, B2, C & E, as well as minerals like potassium, folate, copper and selenium. It is a low-carb vegetable, with 3.9 grams of carbohydrates per 100 grams. Almost ⅔ of the carbs you get are dietary fiber however, making this a great food for digestion and feeling fuller for a longer period of time.
Picking The Perfect Bunch
From bright-green pencil-thin stalks to as-thick-as-your-thumb dark purple bunches, asparagus comes in all shapes and sizes depending on the season and source. The way it grows is unique, with edible stalks not growing for at least 3 seasons. Harvested in the spring, the fresher your asparagus is the less starchy it will be. When picking your asparagus look for firm, crisp stalks with tight tips.
When you’re ready to cook your asparagus, give it a rinse and trim off the tough, woody ends. For best practice with this, check the video below!
Fortunately, it is very difficult to “mess up” asparagus! A little charring is even preferred by some! Asparagus, like many veggies, does well with a period of hard, fast cooking then a slower-paced session to tenderize.
Ways To Enjoy Asparagus
Only finding slender asparagus? Don’t fret, the big ones will be back. Chop whatever you can find into segments and toss into a salad.
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To enjoy the natural flavors of asparagus, boiling your asparagus to your desired tenderness then dunking it in a bowl of ice water is a great way to tenderize while keeping that bright green color.
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Grilling asparagus takes as much time as it takes your steak to rest! When roasted over high heat the natural sugars in asparagus caramelize quickly, resulting in a slightly-charred but super tender and tasty side dish. Just toss with a thin coating of oil, salt and pepper and roast until slightly charred & tender.
Just like on the grill, asparagus does very well at high heat. Toss with your oil and seasonings of choice and roast on a baking sheet until sizzling and brown. A minute or two under the broiler never hurt either! Serve with a sprinkle of parmesan or pecorino for something simple or get funky with some cotija.
For the maximum flavor possible, consider braising your asparagus. Sear it with some oil, deglazing the pan with water or stock, add a tablespoon of butter, put a lid on it then let your asparagus cook in the liquid as it reduces. You’ll be left with a slick, gravy-like sauce that adds richness and flavor.
Must-Try Asparagus Recipes
Asparagus Bacon and Egg Salad with Dijon Vinaigrette
Baked Asparagus Fries
Bacon Wrapped Asparagus
Asparagus and Mushroom Stir Fry
Stuffed Sweet Potatoes with Chickpeas Asparagus & Arugula
Asparagus Noodles With Pesto, Peas & Bacon
Asparagus Spinach & Feta Quiche
Creamy Italian Asparagus
Have your own favorite way of preparing asparagus? Tag us with #BestMarket, we’d love to see!
January 9, 2018