Asparagus often originates in maritime habitats and blossoms in soils too saline for regular weeds to grow.
Asparagus tends to hold sand in the flowery tips of the stalk. To prepare asparagus for cooking, take the time to soak it for a few minutes, then rinse it to rid the sand from the bell-shaped flower tips.
Young asparagus is preferred when eaten. Once the flowery bell-shaped buds start to open, the buds quickly turn woody.
Health benefits of Asparagus
Eating asparagus has several potential health benefits, including weight loss, improved digestion, and help lower blood pressure.
Asparagus is a nutritious and tasty addition to any diet because of its nutrients, including fiber, folate, and vitamins A, C, and K.
Asparagus is also rich in antioxidants which are components that protect the body from free radical damage and oxidative stress. It also contains an amino acid called asparagine which is very useful to help the body excrete excess fluid and salt, thereby making the bladder avoid infection.
Here are some of the most popular ways to cook Asparagus
- Boiling: Salt some water in a large pot, bring it to a boil, and cook until they turn bright green and tender.
- Steaming: Bring one inch of well-salted water to boil in a pot with a steamer insert, and place the spears in the steamer in a single layer. Cover the pot and cook for about 3 minutes, depending upon the size of the spears.
- Roasting: Preheat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6, snap the woody tips off where they naturally break apart and place on a roasting tray, drizzle with oil, and season with salt and pepper to roast for 12 mins until tender.
Of course, adding healthy fruits to your daily diet is wise. However, eating organic fruits is smarter. Why? No chemicals. Eating foods with minimal chemicals helps prevent early illness.