Simply Delicious, Simply Asparagus
Health Benefits | Fun Facts | Selection Tips | Availability | Storage | Recipes

Asparagus is one of the most striking of vegetables—and no wonder, it’s actually part of the lily family! But this green treat is no flower. Instead, it’s one of the most nutritious and tasty vegetables you can put on your table. Simply steamed and served with butter, or sautéed in one of your favorite vegetable medleys, asparagus adds an incomparable taste sensation to your table. In addition, it is one of the most well-rounded vegetables in existence, addition a variety of nutrients and vitamins to your diet.

Health Benefits
Asparagus is a source of fiber, and a good source of vitamins A and C, as well as folate. It also contains thiamin and vitamin B6, and is one of nature’s richest sources of rutin, a drug that strengthens capillary walls.

Fun Facts

  • Thomas Jefferson cultivated asparagus in his gardens at Monticello.
  • Under ideal conditions, an asparagus spear can grow 10" in a 24-hour period.
  • A well cared for asparagus planting will generally produce for about 15 years without being replanted.

Selection Tips
Quality asparagus will be fresh and firm with closed, compact tips and good color.

Availability
The Fresh1 asparagus comes from Chile, Peru, and California, and is available year round.

Storage
Keep fresh asparagus clean, cold, and covered. Trim the stem end about ¼ inch and wash in warm water several times. Pat dry and place in moisture-proof wrapping. Refrigerate and use within 2 or 3 days for best quality. To maintain freshness, wrap a moist paper towel around the stem ends, or stand upright in two inches of cold water.

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