Asparagus has wonderful nutritional value. It is one of those plants that is quite rich in vitamins B6 and C. It is high in fiber and posses glutathione, which is known for its anti-carcinogenic and antioxidant values. Asparagus is usually available in 3 colors, such as green, white and purple; and out of them the green is the most common. One can find this luxury vegetable in the stores from February onwards.
The best time to get the cheaper variety would be somewhere from April to May. For those, who would like to eat asparagus throughout the year, there are canned and frozen ones available in almost all stores, but nothing like fresh ones.
There are various ways of cooking asparagus like steaming, boiling, grilling, microwaving, deep frying, blanching and roasting. Each one has its own unique taste. It depends how you would like to eat them, cook it accordingly.
For those, who wish to use them in salads or for some different cold dishes, it would be better to dip the boiled or steamed asparagus in extremely cold water. This must be done immediately after they have been done with. This type of cooking method will enable you to maintain the crispiness of asparagus.
Microwaving asparagus can also be one of the good methods of cooking. For this you put the asparagus in a microwave safe dish. Remember to lay the tips towards the middle of the baking dish. Then add some one-fourth cup of water and cover it with a lid. Microwave it for about 4-5 minutes. If you wish to further roast it, preheat the oven to 450 degrees and then put asparagus on a baking sheet and sprinkle one tablespoon of olive oil. Roast the asparagus for approximately 8 to 10 minutes.
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