When asparagus make their appearance in Spring we get really excited. Once the ground defrosts a massive underground root system begins pushing up edible spears. At a rate of six inches or more a day! All this talk about superfoods...with that kind of speed, these guys are like superhero veggies!
Asparagus contain potassium, calcium, vitamin C, vitamin B, folic acid, beta carotene, and contain no fat, cholesterol, and they are very low in sodium. Green asparagus is the most widely know color, but what is very cool is that this beautiful long veggie can also be found in WHITE and PURPLE varieties!!! Interestingly, the green stalks are the most nutritious. The big differnce in the white asparagus is that it lacks chlorophyll, the chemical from the sun which makes it green (as they are grown underground) and the purple peeps have a 20 percent higher sugar content in their stalks. They have a sweeter, nutty flavor and tend to be less stringy and more tender when cooked, though. Whatever color they are, they do well boiled, baked, steamed, roasted, grilled or blanched and we think they are all tasty.
Ahhhhh and you may (or may not) have noticed that after you eat asparagus your pee smells a bit funny...read about that here.