Quick Food For Thought: Asparagus
Knives and Needles contributing writer, Michelle Roberts is also a super talented photographer. She sent me a bunch of amazing photos of various foods today so I thought I should put them to good use for knives and needles! Today’s photo is asparagus, so I thought I would share a little knowledge of what I know about the veggie. Read on and get inspired to eat your vegetables!
Given its phallic shape, asparagus is frequently enjoyed as an aphrodisiac food. Feed your lover boiled or steamed spears for a sensuous experience. Some suggests “eating asparagus for three days for the most powerful affect”. There are three types of asparagus today, white, green, and purple.
Asparagus is one of the oldest recorded vegetables in history starting with the ancient Greeks and Romans. They contain a moderate level of fiber and is very low in calories. The vegetable is also high in anti-oxidants; vitamins C, K, and A; and the vitamin B-complex group including riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B6, thiamin, and pantothenic acid. Lastly asparagus is also rich in minerals like copper, iron, calcium, potassium, manganese, and phosphorus.
White Asparagus, Green Asparagus and Purple Asparagus
White asparagus is white because of the process of etiolation (the deprivation of light). Dirt is kept mounded around the emerging stalk, depriving it of light. The plant cannot produce chlorophyll without the sunlight, so there is no green color to the stalks.
White asparagus is considered to be slightly milder in flavor and a bit more tender than green asparagus.
Purple asparagus is different to green and white asparagus. The purple color comes from the high levels of anthocyanins (potent antioxidants) in the spears. It has a lower fiber content than white or green asparagus, making it more tender and the whole spear can be eaten from tip to butt. Purple asparagus tend to be sweeter and thicker than green or white asparagus. Fresh purple asparagus has a deeply fruity flavor.
So pick up some asparagus today! You want the stalks to be as fresh from picking as possible. Also you want them to be tender but firm stalks with tightly-closed tips. Storing asparagus can be tricky as they perish quickly. You want to store them in the refrigerator around 38-40 degrees F to insure freshness and longevity.
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Photo courtesy of Michelle Roberts