SeaWives | 01/05/2018
May – The month of Asparagus
Welcome to May and to the joys of Asparagus!! When the days are longer and the temperatures start to rise (apparently). We at the Seawives HO have decided to bring you regular articles with ideas for foods that are in season at the time. This month we have chosen one of our favourites – Asparagus.
Asparagus is an excellent source of vitamin K, folate, copper, selenium, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin C, and vitamin E. It is a very good source of dietary fiber, manganese, phosphorus, vitamin B3, potassium, choline, vitamin A, zinc, iron, protein, vitamin B6, and pantothenic acid. But the wonderful news is that this tasty, easy to cook vegetable is also very low in calories – woo hoo!
It can be served as a starter, a side side dish and in Asian style cooking is used frequently in stirfried dishes.
The asparagus season has already started, as traditionally it runs from the 23rd April to Midsummer Day.
There are the traditional green asparagus, known by most but also the white asparagus which is readily available around Europe. This is also known as “the Royal vegetable.” It is white in colour due to the shoots being covered and not receiving light. It is said to be less bitter and more tender.
Anyway, enough of the asparagus technical blurb and lets give you some great ideas on how to use it. There are many options and these are just a few that the Seawives team have tried and loved.
1. Asparagus “Cappuccino” Soup – we love this! One recipe that we have found that we thought tasted great and was easy to make was by Tony Tobin over on the BBC food website. We have provided a link so you can check it out yourself and have a go.
2. On a warmer day why not try the “Asparagus, Goats Cheese and Fig Salad”. This will tantalise your taste buds and is lovely with a glass of cold dry white wine. Just dress the salad with a simple Olive oil, fresh lemon juice , white wine vinegar and dijon mustard dressing. So simple, yet elegant and fresh.
3. As an accompaniment to Roast Lamb, asparagus is perfect. After blanching in hot water and putting in the griddle for a few minutes you can simply drizzle some butter over the top or a sprinkling of grated parmesan. Very French and tastes delicious!
There are so many east delicious ways to use Asparagus in your daily cooking. We hope this has given you some ideas and please let us know your thoughts if you try any of the recipes suggested, also please comment if you have particularly good recipe or idea of your own to share. Enjoy!!!!
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