It’s asparagus season!
Fresh and tasty asparagus season is brief – from April until June (in the Northeastern United States). So, you’ve got just a few months to eat asparagus like it’s going out of style!
Asparagus is a member of the Asparagaceae family and has been enjoyed not only for its unique flavor, but for its many healing properties.
With its phallic, leafless shoots that protrude straight up out of the ground, asparagus has a reputation for being an aphrodisiac that instills healing energy for sexual ailments and infertility.
In traditional medicine, not only the shoots but, the roots as well, were used to treat kidney stones, urinary disorders rheumatism, sciatica, and hepatitis.
Asparagus is a natural diuretic, so if you have a tendency toward fluid retention, this would be a great veggie to add to your eating plan.
When purchasing asparagus look for firm stalks with good color and closed tips.
Asparagus is NOT considered a hardy vegetable.
That means it will not keep long after picking. It needs to be used within 1-3 days after being picked.
The exact opposite is true of cabbage. Once cabbage is picked it can be stored for long periods of time – months in fact. You may even have a head of cabbage in your refrigerator right now that has been there since last year.
To help you get started eating this most delicious and delicate plant during its short season, below are a few of my favorite recipes.
- Warm Asparagus Salad with Honey Dijon Vinaigrette
- Asparagus and Goat Cheese Frittata
- Creamy Asparagus Soup (sans cream)
 A Curious History of Vegetables, by Wolf Storhl, North Atlantic Books, 2016, pg. 27
Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker and Herbalist. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.
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