asparagus arranged in a circle with a bowl of sauce in the middle

Asparagus

  • Asparagus is high in glutathione which is a very important antioxidant and anti-carcinogen.
  • It contains rutin which helps strengthen the blood vessels and prevent them from rupturing.
  • It also has phytochemicals that protect the liver from damage associated with alcohol toxicity.
  • It is a rich source of folate, vitamin A, C and E.
  • Asparagus has diuretic properties and might be helpful with high blood pressure, edema and gout.
  • Asparagine is the compound that gives Asparagus its diuretic effect also gives the urine a particular smell in people who don’t have the gene to break it down. This happens to be the same chemical that skunks release when defending themselves!
  • When buying asparagus select bright green sprigs with compact tips that are the same thickness. For uniformed cooking, avoid flat or angular spears as they tend to be tough and woody.

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Simply Asparagus

Ingredients:

2 bunches of asparagus
salt to taste
Punchy Mustard Sauce

Directions:

  1. Rinse the asparagus and remove the fibrous ends by holding each sprig of asparagus by it’s ends and bend it until it snaps. Use the upper part of asparagus and discard the pieces from the lower end of each spring or save them to add flavor to your stocks.
  2. Bring a pot of water to a boil and salt it. The pot should be wide enough to fit the asparagus without bending them. Place the asparagus into the boiling water for 3 minutes, then drain water and let the asparagus cool.
  3. Arrange the sprigs on a platter, place a bowl with the sauce in the middle and serve.