JUST ARRIVED - LOCAL ASPARAGUS!!
Fri, May 19 2017
Thank you Mazak Farms (Talbotville) for this Beautiful Asparagus!!
Did you know? Asparagus takes three years to grow from seed to harvest! On top of that, farmers need to keep a close eye because there is only a 2-3-week window of opportunity to harvest this much-coveted spring crop.
Fun Facts: Asparagus is more diverse then you think! This spring veggie is available in purple and white varieties as well. White asparagus is just green asparagus but grown without sunlight to prevent chlorophyll development. Fans of white asparagus enjoy it for it's sweeter flavour. Purple asparagus will turn green once cooked, and is often thicker than its counterparts and contains more antioxidant flavonoids due to it's deep violet colour.
Health Benefits: Asparagus is rich in antioxidants (most famously rutin and quercitin) and ranks high in vitamin K, folate, copper, vitamin B1, selenium, vitamin B2, vitamin C, and vitamin E. No wonder this superfood is linked to reducing hangovers, preventing memory impairments, and was deemed King of the Vegetables.
Store: Eat within a few days of purchasing. You can also fill a jar with about an inch of water and store the asparagus standing upright (ideally covered with a plastic bag) for about a week.
Prepare: Use your hands to snap off the woody butts of the asparagus (you can save them four soup stock!) We recommend a simple method of preparation to highlight the amazing flavour of asparagus - steamed or tossed on the BBQ with a bit of oil, salt and a squeeze of lemon juice