Monday, June 8, 2009

Live it with the Healthy Asparagus

By Mara Hernandez-Capili

The young shoots of the asparagus is the only edible part. The shoots are served in many different ways. Asparagus is a flower bearing plant in the genus Asparagus which the vegetable known as asparagus came from. It is a widely cultivated vegetable crop.

There are many ways asparagus as served in Asia, Asparagus are usually stir fried. While in the US they prefer grilled asparagus. Asparagus is also used in stews and soups. In France, it is often boiled or steamed and served with hollandaise sauce, melted butter or olive oil, Parmesan cheese or mayonnaise. It may even be served as a dessert.

Asparagus is eaten worldwide. Due to the popularity of it, makes it less of a delicacy than it was before. However, in some European countries that have a short growing season, asparagus remains a highlight food. Northern Europe considers white asparagus as "white gold" for its rareness. Asparagus has a short season you can only find them from April to June and they are a bit pricey for they are harvested by hands.

There are lots of benefits that asparagus can give. It is rich in vitamin K and folate, Asparagus is rich in folic acid that helps lessen birth defects during pregnancy. It is good for the heart; it helps in maintaining good blood circulation. Another is that, asparagus helps reduce the feeling of depression and stress. Asparagus also helps in preventing multiple sclerosis and scurvy.Lastly; it has been known that asparagus increases the success rate of chemo therapy.

Asparagus festival is a three day fest and the festival promotes the virtue of asparagus. Also, Asparagus Festival implies that asparagus is one of nature's perfect foods. Asparagus Festival also seeks to encourage the production and consumption of asparagus. It also educates the people about asparagus farming and agricultural study. Asparagus Festival celebrates the abundant harvest.

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