In Season Now: Asparagus

a bunch of asparagus stalks

Why we love it: Asparagus are a sure sign of spring, popping up from below the soil in green, white, and purple. They are one of the most nutritionally well-balanced vegetables and are cholesterol free. Asparagus are high in folic acid, low in calories, and a good source of potassium, thiamin, fiber, and vitamins A, B6, C, and K.

How to choose it: The stalks of asparagus should be firm to the touch, able to stand upright, and have a smooth texture. The tips of the stalks should not appear limp, wilted, or wet. Size is also not an indicator of ripeness. Look for vibrant stalks that squeak when rubbed against each other.

How to store it: As a fresh vegetable, asparagus should be stored in a cool, high-humidity environment. The best way to keep asparagus fresh is to store them similarly to cut flowers. Place them upright in a small bowl with about an inch of water in the bottom. Make sure to trim the ends before cooking and eating.  

Delicious ways to use it: Asparagus have a unique, earthy flavor that pairs well with lemon juice, parmesan, and olive oil. They are delicious oven roasted by themselves, cooked in pasta dishes with fish, and added to stir-fries with soy sauce. 

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