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The Beauty of Asparagus

I can always tell when asparagus season is starting...usually in mid February, prices for the veggie start to slowly creep downwards. Now, the season is in full swing - I just had some incredible tandoori asparagus at my favorite Indian restaurant. YUM!!!

There are three types of asparagus: green, white and purple. Green being the most common. Not only is the veggie loaded with antioxidant vitamins A and C, it is off the chart with Vitamin K. One cup contains 114% of you daily value requirement. It is a natural diuretic and might help reduce water retention during PMS. Due to its high folate content, asparagus is considered a birth defect fighter.

Two things about asparagus:
One - It will make your urine smell funny, but that doesn't mean it is bad for you. It is just a by product of your body breaking down some of the natural chemicals found in the plant.
Two - It is considered an aphrodisiac, based soley on its shape. Hmmmm....I will let you work it out from there.

So eat up and enjoy - asparagus is in season until early June.

Fit's Tip: Don't cut the bottoms off the spears, just bend each piece of asparagus, and it will snap just where it needs to. Toss the bottom parts. Or better yet - compost them!!!

Butrfly4404 Butrfly4404 10 years
I had to learn myself how to cook asparagus last year (Thanks, about.com!). The tip bending was the best tip they gave me!
kscincotta kscincotta 10 years
I had never really had asparagus until last fall, and I totally loved it! Yummy!
islandmama islandmama 10 years
my absolute favorite veggie!!!! white asparagus is grown underground and is THE BEST........
yamahamama yamahamama 10 years
I super-heart asparagus! How could I have not eaten it until I was in my 30's?! It's so fabulous, any way you cook it. I like to roast it in the oven with a little olive oil & salt. Or on the barbeque grill in some foil w/oil & salt. Yum.
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