Five ways with asparagus
When you see fresh asparagus for sale, it can only mean one thing – spring has sprung!
Did you know, asparagus is part of the lily family and a distant cousin of the onion? It is a perennial vegetable (like artichoke and rhubarb) that takes 3 years to get from seed to harvest, but can keep producing for 15 years.
Come spring time, we have a short window to enjoy delicious fresh asparagus, but luckily we can still find the canned variety year-round. When using canned asparagus, look for one lower in sodium (salt), drain and rinse the asparagus before use. Click here for tips on how to read food labels.
Looking for ideas on what to do with asparagus? Enjoy these top tips and tasty recipes from Fuelled4life.
2. Asparagus and strawberry salad
Create a spring salad with asparagus, strawberries, avocado and spinach leaves. You could experiment by using shaved asparagus (using a vege peeler to create ribbons).
As the weather warms up, barbeque a variety of vegetables to add a lovely flavour without extra ingredients.
4. Include in a frittata or tart
Asparagus goes well with other veges in egg dishes such as frittatas and tarts. This is also a great way to use leftover barbequed veges.
5. On a pizza
Add asparagus to your next pizza. Perhaps with caramelised onion or ricotta cheese.
Visit www.vegetables.co.nz to read more on how to store, prepare and cook asparagus.
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