For many, asparagus is considered a favorite and special vegetable. I have always loved asparagus and serve it often. It’s easy and fast to prepare, plus I think it’s a perfect side dish for any type of entertaining. Serve it fresh from the steamer basket, roasted on the grill, or cold with vinaigrette drizzled on top. In fact, asparagus has been a prized vegetable for centuries. As far back as 3000 BC, asparagus was depicted in an Egyptian frieze. Apparently, Queen Nefertiti loved asparagus so much she named it the “food of the gods.” The Romans learned to preserve it by freezing it in the Alps. Even though it can take up to three years to grow to harvest, it is one of the first to appear in the spring. Today we can acquire asparagus all year round, but it still signals “spring is here” to me.
In the list of super foods, asparagus ranks right at the top. Little did Queen Nefertiti know, asparagus packs quite the nutritional punch and is figure-friendly with only 20 calories for five stalks. Nutrients in asparagus help to fight cancer, keep our skin, hair and bones healthy, aid in digestion, and help reduce birth defects.
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