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Nutrition Tip | Asparagus

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Spring is asparagus season!

These green, spear-like vegetables are loaded with Vitamins A, C, E and K, folate, fibre and minerals - making them beneficial for our overall health. They are also available in white (usually canned) and purple. When buying asparagus select firm, crisp spears with compact tips and tight scales. The thicker the stem, the tastier it is and the longer the shelf life, compared to the thinner ones.

The best way to store asparagus after purchase is in the fridge standing up with some cool water - just like you'd do with flowers. Trimming the base helps asparagus stay fresh for longer and they can be kept for up to 2 weeks if handled carefully.

While asparagus tastes fantastic grilled, you can also BBQ, roast, stir fry, blend it into a soup or add it to a quiche or salad.

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