Gone are the days of boiled, bland, mushy asparagus spears that seemed to be more of a plate-filler than a pallet-pleaser. Asparagus has made a comeback of paramount proportions and has reached celebrity status in restaurants world-wide. You can eat it fried, roasted, braised, steamed, and even confit! No matter how you enjoy your asparagus, one thing is for sure; while you’re devouring the delicious stalks, your body is thanking you for it.
Asparagus is PACKED with nutritional value! It’s loaded with vitamins A, C, and E which boost your immune system, promote healing, improve visual health, and have tremendous neurological advantages. The versatile veggie also contains generous amounts of Folate, which can reduce the risks of certain types of cancer. Folate can also greatly reduce the risks of some birth defects in developing fetuses, which is why Asparagus is considered a “Super Food”, especially among pregnant women. Asparagus maintains its high ranking among fruits and vegetables due to its high levels of Gluthathione, which has the ability to neutralize free-radicals that damage cells. This can slow down the aging process and give a more youthful appearance, as well as fight brain deterioration and cognitive decline.
Whether you throw it on the grill at your next barbecue, braise it in balsamic, or roll it in brown sugar and almonds, give yourself a pat on the back…you’ve made a brilliant decision.