Now the leaves are coming back. You can see the green veils on trees and feel the sparkling air while walking and enjoying the awakening of nature. Each and every year when Spring is in the air, you feel fresh and ready to face a new adventure. Life is an adventure. If you look at it with curious eyes, you will be happy to see that nature is repeating its outburst of flowers, colors, scents and that you can taste fresh vegetables that not only are delicious but that also deliver a great many health benefits.
I would like to talk about one of the most beneficial Spring vegetables, the asparagus. This vegetable has been grown for centuries in most areas of the planet. There exist several hundred types of asparagus but only about 20 are edible. There are three major groups. They have all a different color. The first one is white with long and rather fleshy spears, the second one is green and its spears are less fleshy and thinner but as long as the white ones. The third group’s color is purple and its spears are much shorter than those of the other two groups. In fact, the white and the green type of asparagus reach a length of 6 to 8 inches whereas the purple asparagus reaches only 2 to 3 inches. This latter kind has got a fruity flavor that distinguishes it from the other two types. The asparagus should be eaten shortly after having been harvested and bought. You may store it in the refrigerator for 2 days. After that time it starts to lose water and to shrink.
As asparagus is no longer a luxury food as it used to be time ago, you can enjoy it without spending much.
All edible types of asparagus bring many health benefits to you. One other reason why you should eat this produce in Spring is its low calorie content. In fact, a cup containing 134 grams, brings just 26 calories.There are many ways to enjoy this vegetable. You can eat it as it i or accompanied by an egg or some raped cheese on top. Enjoy it with prosciutto.You can also cut the spears and mix the chunks with a risotto or with pasta. Whatever you choose, asparagus is healthyand delicious.
You will tell me that this is not a typical spring vegetable. In fact, depending on where you live, you can buy it from February onwards until June or even July. However, its best season is Spring.
The asparagus gives you a wealth of health benefits. I would just like to point out a few of them.
One of the major benefits is its detoxifying action. You can eat freshly steamed asparagus drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with a light seasoning. As this vegetable has high fiber content, it will help your bowel movement. These fibers can do even more for you. They help prevent colon cancer and other forms of cancer as well. You can avoid taking laxatives if you eat this vegetable. It is also diuretic and therefore helps you to eliminate waste in various ways.
The asparagus contains many vitamins like C, A, K, E and the complex of the B vitamins. It also brings many minerals to you like copper, phosphorus, potassium, manganese, calcium, selenium, zinc and iron. There are also other components that interest the metabolism and help avoid or better diabetes 2 and heart disease.
This vegetable can help you release stress and anxiety naturally if you eat it freshly steamed. You just add some drops of olive oil and some seasoning. Why can it do this? Thanks to its loads of those B vitamins needed to help fight off stress and anxiety naturally. Enjoy it while it is fresh.