Asparagus is Harvest of the Month for April


You just might be surprised by some of the health benefits of this Spring vegetable. Let’s take a look…

Nutrition Information
A cup of asparagus provides:

Calories: 27 Vitamin C: 13%
Total Fat: 0g Vitamin A: 20%
Total Carbohydrate: 5g Calcium: 3%
Fiber: 3 g Iron: 16%
Protein: 3 g

Health Benefits
Asparagus has been used since ancient times because of its herbal medicinal properties. It is an excellent source of vitamins A, C, E and K, and may help protect and fight different forms of cancer. It is packed with antioxidants, which help prevent the body from aging and protect against cell damage. Asparagus also contains an amino acid, Asparagine, which helps rid the body of excess salt.

Prep and Recipe suggestions
Choose asparagus spears that are firm to the touch, straight and not bendable. The tips of the spears should have a dark green or purple color. With thicker asparagus, you may want to peel with a vegetable peeler before cooking. Wash under cool water to remove any residue. Try it today in one of these tasty recipes: