Spring is for asparagus. This seasonal treat is now available in the produce aisles and if you’re lucky in your own backyard! I planted some asparagus last spring and this year I got two whole stalks. I’m going to be patient though, asparagus is a perennial so as the plant gets bigger so will my crop and I’m looking forward to fresh asparagus for years to come!
I love asparagus for its versatility. It is delicious steamed and eaten cold in a salad, grilled, or roasted and adds a delicious flavor and texture to just about any meal. Versatility and flavor aside asparagus has many other benefits.
Three Reasons to Eat Asparagus
Asparagus contains rich amounts of inulin. Inulin is a type of carbohydrate that remains undigested until it reaches the large intestine. Inulin is an ideal food source for certain beneficial bacteria that make up our gut microbiome. These bacteria help us absorb nutrients from the food we eat. When we eat food that benefits the bacteria- they benefit us! Asparagus is also high in fiber and even contains a high amount of protein both of which help our digestive system keep things moving.
Heart Health and Blood Sugar Control
The fiber content in asparagus is also good for our heart because it helps regulate cholesterol. When we eat enough fiber-rich foods we lower our risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Asparagus also contains B vitamins which help us regulate healthy blood sugar levels.
Picking the Best Asparagus:
Asparagus will be fresher if it is stored properly. Look for asparagus that is stored standing upright in the water. The tips should not be slimy and stinky and make sure the ends aren’t dried out and woody.
Store it just like they sell it in the grocery store. Place asparagus, ends first, in a jar filled with an inch or so of water to keep it fresh for several days.