You are here: Home Food & Kitchen Local Food Seasonal Foodies Eat This: Asparagus Seasonal Foodies Eat This: Asparagus by renewforanewyou May 5, 2009, 8:01 pm Though you can find asparagus at your supermarket almost all year long, asparagus is actually in season from March until June. Asparagus, a member of the lily family, is quite difficult to grow, causing this tasty treat to be a bit on the pricey side. Asparagus has been used since early on not only as a vegetable to eat, but also for medicinal purposes. Asparagus contains asparagine, a special plant compound, which gives it a diuretic effect, aiding in kidney function. Asparagus varieties include green, white and purple. The white variety is typically milder then the green and the purple can have a subtle fruity flavor. One cup of chopped asparagus has around 30 calories, contains no fat or cholesterol, is low in sodium, and comes chock full of vital nutrients. Asparagus is an excellent source of folate and thiamin (important B vitamins) and is also a good source of fiber, potassium, iron, vitamin C and beta-carotene. The quicker the cooking time, the more flavor the asparagus will have. Their unique taste pairs well with everything from mushrooms to seafood to salads. At your local farmers market, look for bunches that are firm, brightly colored and straight. Creamy Garlic Steamed Asparagus Prep Time: 5 minutes Cooking Time: 15 minutes Yield: about 4 servings Ingredients: 2 bunches asparagus, rinsed and ends removed 2 cloves minced garlic 2 tablespoons tamari 4 tablespoons tahini juice of 1/2 lemon Directions: 1. Place asparagus in a steamer basket. 2. Add about 2 inches of water into the pot. 3. Bring to a boil, cover and let steam for 6-10 minutes. 4. Mix tahini, garlic, and tamari. 5. When asparagus are tender, place in a bowl with garlic mixture. 6. Squeeze with lemon juice, combine and serve. See more Previous article United Nations Officially Declares June 8 as World Oceans Day Next article 10 Ways to Reduce Your Environmental Footprint Through Food Choices One Comment Leave a Reply One of my favorite vegetables! Yum! —— Healthy eating requires a healthy planet. Check out this awesome program to help preserve the rain forest! http://bit.ly/ryuhT Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Upload a photo / attachment to this comment (PNG, JPG, GIF - 6 MB Max File Size): (Allowed file types: jpg, gif, png, maximum file size: 6MB.