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Storage Tips: Keep the rubber band on to hold the bunch together, and trim an inch off the ends of the asparagus. Stand the asparagus up in a glass or jar with about an inch or two of water, making sure all the ends are sitting in the water. We’ve found that a 2-cup measuring cup is a great container. Loosely cover the asparagus with a plastic bag and store in the refrigerator for up to a week. If the water looks cloudy, just change it as needed.
Freezing Tips: Blanch asparagus before freezing. This step prevents discoloration and preserves a better texture. Larger pieces of asparagus, about the size of a pencil or larger, will retain flavor and consistency better.
You can blanch asparagus in boiling water or by steaming it. Have a large bowl of ice cold water ready to transfer the vegetables to when they are done blanching (this stops them from continuing to cook from residual heat).
Before blanching your asparagus, hold each spear at either end bend it until it snaps. Compost or discard the tough bottom ends (or peel and save to make asparagus soup). Leave the tip ends as spears, or chop into 1 to 2 inch pieces.
Thin spears of asparagus tend to be younger and fresher in flavor, whilst thicker spears will have been left to grow for longer and have a more pronounced flavor. Try and use your asparagus as soon as possible, for best flavor and texture.
Nutrition Information: High in vitamin K and folate, asparagus is extremely well balanced, even among nutrient-rich vegetables. Asparagus is high in anti-inflammatory nutrients as well as provides a wide variety of antioxidant nutrients, including vitamin C, beta-carotene, vitamin E, and the minerals zinc, manganese and selenium. It contains the amino acid asparagine, as well as chromium, a trace mineral that helps insulin do its job transporting glucose. It’s also especially rich in glutathione, a detoxifying compound that can help destroy carcinogens.
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This recipe post created by Tisha Johnson Matthews, of Sweet Basil Farm & Gardens. Special thanks to J. David Matthews, of Barnesville, Georgia for support and patience with all that I try and test. To see other fantastic recipes, or to find more healthy and delicious recipes, subscribe to our blog and follow us on Social Media.