THE "ROYAL VEGETABLE"
Nothing heralds the arrival of Spring
quite as deliciously as fresh garden asparagus.
And now is the time to buy and enjoy
these succulent homegrown sprouts.
Asparagus is best prepared and served quickly when picked,
as this vegetable deteriorates quickly and loses its peak flavor,
and its stalks toughen up after 48 hours of harvest.
Fresh asparagus is rich in potassium, folate and anti-oxidants,
important nutrients for pregnant women.
Germany has bestowed the title "royal vegetable" on asparagus,
and it is often grown "white" there for additional sweetness,
as it is cultivated covered in the soil, to prevent greening.
Asparagus was also a revered vegetable in ancient Rome.
Try grilling asparagus spears on the "barby" -- rub with
olive oil, turn and char lightly -- then cover with parmesan cheese.
A yummy way to celebrate Spring!
(And we don't even care if it makes our pee smelly!)