This recipe is really simple but can be very effective on your dinner table as a centerpiece!

Asparagus is an outstanding vegetable and has been used for food and medicine for thousands of years. It’s in season in from April through mid June, so enjoy it in the spring! When buying asparagus select bright green sprigs with compact tips that are the same thickness. Avoid flat or angular spears as they tend to be tough and woody.

This recipe is really simple but can be very effective on your dinner table as a centerpiece!

Health Benefits Of 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.
  • Asparagus 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.
  • Traditionally, it’s been used as a diuretic and to help with high blood pressure, edema and gout.
  • The compound called Asparagine is what gives the vegetable 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!

Asparagus as a centerpiece

Ingredients:

2 bunches of asparagus
salt to taste
Punchy Mustard Sauce

Directions:
  1. Rinse the spears and remove the fibrous ends by holding each sprig by its ends and bend it until it snaps. Use the upper part of spears 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 sprigs without bending them. Place them into the boiling water for 3 minutes, then drain water and let cool.
  3. Arrange the sprigs on a platter, place a bowl with the sauce in the middle and serve.