There are many health benefits of asparagus, this healthy
vegetable provides many beneficial nutrients and asparagus
vitamins. The vitamins in asparagus include vitamin A, B2 and C,
as well as iron, potassium and calcium.
This vegetable is a well known diuretic which means that it
increases the excretion of urine from the body.
The potential health benefits from eating this really healthy
food are interesting. This vegetable is particularly good for
the liver as it helps it to function. This is because it is high
in the antioxidant enzyme glutathione which makes it a very
beneficial food for the liver.
In addition to this
health fact, any food that helps the liver will consequently
increase our level of mood and ability to deal with stress. This
vegetable is also good for the kidneys, the skin and the bones
as asparagus helps the formation of red blood capsules.
There are not a lot of calories in asparagus. The amount of
calories depends on the variety or the way in which the
vegetable is cooked for example if the asparagus it baked,
grilled, roasted, steamed or boiled. The following calorie guide
can be used to calculate the amount of calories:
per 100 grams:
Boiled asparagus - 26 calories
asparagus - 24 calories
Green and white asparagus - 13
Asparagus is a special type of vegetable as it
is unique from other types and varieties of vegetables and
edible plants both in taste and appearance. Asparagus is a green
vegetable with thick green spears.
vegetable is best in the summer season, and in the United
Kingdom it is grown between late spring and summer, however, it
is available all year round as it is imported. Obviously this
isn't the case in other countries as planting and growing this
particular vegetable depends on the climate. The healthiest
asparagus will have stalks that are not too scarred or blemished
with tips that have a fresh, healthy appearance. The stalks
should appear straight and fresh.
History of Asparagus
This vegetable that has existed for many years. It is believed
that this edible plant originated during the Roman period.
Asparagus was a luxurious vegetable that was fit for only the
finest of people, even during Roman times! Historic Records show
that Julius Caesar enjoyed eating asparagus with melted butter!
It is believed that asparagus was introduced to Great Britain
during the 17th century but it came at a price and was really
Cooking Asparagus - Tips for Cooking
Asparagus can be cooked in many ways, one of the most popular
methods is to bake asparagus, roast, steam, boil or grill the
vegetable. Whatever method you choose, it is important to
remember that over cooking, so roasting, steaming, boiling,
grilling or baking asparagus for too long will damage the
vitamin and nutrient content significantly as the nutrients are
lost during the cooking process.
Tip for Boiling
As stated above, the healthy vitamins and nutrients in asparagus
are lost through over-cooking, therefore, it is important to
cook this vegetable with care. Place the asparagus upright in
boiling water and and boil for 5 to 10 minutes. The stalks take
longer to cook than the tips which only really need to be
briefly steamed. The spears shouldn't be softened too much
during the cooking process so take care not to overcook them.
Placing the asparagus upright should help to retain all the
essential vitamins and nutrients.
Types and Varieties of Asparagus
There are lots of varieties and types of asparagus which are
grown in many different countries. There is Spanish asparagus
and Dutch asparagus which are often white with ivory tips. There
is French asparagus which includes a purple variety of the
American and English asparagus differ from
many other types of asparagus grown in other countries. This is
because English and American varieties are planted so that it
grows above the ground and the spears are completely green.
Sprue Asparagus: this is a variety that is thin and short in
appearance, and is often used for salads. The Sprue variety
barely needs to be trimmed at all in preparation for cooking or
eating. In Italy, the Sprue Asparagus is served alone, sprinkled
with parmesan cheese.