Spring is finally here! With spring comes the re-opening of several Farmer’s Markets around the city and an abundance of fresh and local fruits and vegetables – including asparagus. Asparagus is only in season for a few precious weeks, so make sure to take advantage of it.
Asparagus is a nutrition powerhouse, providing high amounts of folic acid, vitamin K, Vitamin C and fiber. Asparagus is also a natural diuretic, meaning it helps the body excrete excess fluid and sodium. It can also help nourish a healthy digestive tract, since it contains a type of fiber called inulin. Inulin passes through our intestines undigested, making it a great food source for the healthy bacteria in our guts. Need I say more?
Here are 5 delicious ways to enjoy asparagus this season.
While you’re out shopping, keep an eye for other local veggies: peas and pea greens, lettuce, scallions and herbs will all start to make an appearance, with strawberries popping up shortly after.
For optimal health and nutrition, aim for at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day (1 serving = 1 cup), so get cooking!