In Season: Spring Produce-Asparagus

We know it is finally Spring when asparagus starts to pop up from the ground.  Here are some tips on how to choose, store, and prepare asparagus.

Selection

Choose odorless asparagus stalks with dry, tight tips.
Avoid limp or wilted stalks.

Storage

Refrigerate asparagus for up to four days by wrapping ends of stalks
in wet paper towel and placing in plastic bag.

 

10 Ways to Prepare Asparagus:

Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Asparagus: Egg-cellent Asparagus. Add steamed pieces of asparagus to an egg white and feta cheese omelet. Finish with halved cherry tomatoes. Fruits And Veggies More Matters.orgEgg-cellent Asparagus. Add steamed pieces of asparagus to an egg white and feta cheese omelet. Finish with halved cherry tomatoes.

Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Asparagus: Grilled. Place asparagus spears on a medium-high heat grill coated with olive oil spray and cook for about 5-8 minutes until tender, turning occasionally. Fruits And Veggies More Matters.orgGrilled. Place asparagus spears on a medium-high heat grill coated with olive oil spray and cook for about 5-8 minutes until tender, turning occasionally.

Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Asparagus: Cheese, Crackers & Asparagus. Spread a soft cheese (goat cheese, brie, etc.) on whole wheat crackers and top with a crisp asparagus head. Serve as an appetizer or an afternoon snack. Fruits And Veggies More Matters.orgCheese, Crackers & Asparagus. Spread a soft cheese (goat cheese, brie, etc.) on whole wheat crackers and top with a crisp asparagus head. Serve as an appetizer or an afternoon snack.

Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Asparagus: Asparagus Soup Recipe: Fruits And Veggies More Matters.orgHearty Soup. Purée cooked leeks, onions, russet potatoes, asparagus, low-sodium chicken broth, lemon juice, and low-fat sour cream until smooth. Garnish soup with asparagus tips.

Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Asparagus: Asparagus with Mustard Vinaigrette Recipe: Fruits And Veggies More Matters.orgDrizzle a Little Dressing. Dress up your traditional steamed or boiled asparagus with a mustard vinaigrette dressing.

Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Asparagus: Steamed. Place fresh or frozen asparagus in a microwave-safe container or in a sauté pan with a small amount of water, low-sodium seasonings, and garlic. Enjoy as a side dish or snack. Fruits And Veggies More Matters.orgSteamed. Place fresh or frozen asparagus in a microwave-safe container or in a sauté pan with a small amount of water, low-sodium seasonings, and garlic. Enjoy as a side dish or snack.

Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Asparagus: Stock Up. Save the woody ends of asparagus for making asparagus soup later. Simply place in a zip lock bag and freeze until ready to use. Fruits And Veggies More Matters.orgStock Up. Save the woody ends of asparagus for making asparagus soup later. Simply place in a zip lock bag and freeze until ready to use.

Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Asparagus: Easy Appetizer. Serve asparagus spears with a vibrant dipping sauce for an easy appetizer. Using nonfat Greek yogurt as a base, add in lemon juice, minced garlic, roasted red bell pepper … be creative and get dipping! Fruits And Veggies More Matters.orgEasy Appetizer. Serve asparagus spears with a vibrant dipping sauce for an easy appetizer. Using nonfat Greek yogurt as a base, add in lemon juice, minced garlic, roasted red bell pepper … be creative and get dipping!

Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Asparagus: Fettuccine with Fresh Vegetables Recipe: Fruits And Veggies More Matters.orgVeggie Fettuccine. Toss cooked asparagus and bell pepper with cooked fettuccine. Finish with lemon juice and cheese.

Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Asparagus: Shake & Bake! Place fresh asparagus in a plastic zip lock bag, drizzle with olive oil, and add salt, pepper and other seasonings. Shake until asparagus is coated, then bake in oven at 400°F until crisp! Fruits And Veggies More Matters.orgShake & Bake! Place fresh asparagus in a plastic zip lock bag, drizzle with olive oil, and add salt, pepper and other seasonings. Shake until asparagus is coated, then bake in oven at 400°F until crisp!

 

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