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Asparagus

An Introduction to Asparagus
Botanically termed as 'asparagus officinalis', asparagus is a flowering plant of the lily family. A native to Europe, Northern Africa and Western Asia, it is now widely grown in both hemispheres and throughout temperate and tropical regions. The exact origin of this vegetable is not known because many wild types can be found throughout Europe and Asia. However, the most likely location is around the Mediterranean Sea where cultivation has been practiced for over 2000 years, first by the Greeks and then by the Romans (around 200 B.C.).

Asparagus as a Vegetable
Asparagus is one of the most delicious vegetables of the world. Whether roasted, steamed, grilled or eaten raw, this is a versatile vegetable. This yummy vegetable is widely prepared during special occasions in many parts of the globe. Moreover, this appetizing and fabulous vegetable is low on fat and calorie content, thus allowing every guest to enjoy the evening with the full zeal.

The method of preparing asparagus cuisines differ from region to region. In Asian countries, it is often stir-fried. In the United States, it is often served stir-fried with chicken, shrimp, or beef, also wrapped in bacon. This universally popular vegetable is quite popular among European and other

Western countries. Europeans prefer white asparagus (particularly the famous French asparagus of Argenteuil), which is grown underground to prevent it from becoming green. Asparagus tastes best when cooked soon after purchase.

Following chart explains the nutritional contents of 100 g (3.5 oz) of Asparagus:

   
  • Energy 20 kcal: 90 kJ
  • Carbohydrates: 3.88 g
    • Sugars: 1.88 g
    • Dietary fiber: 2.1 g
  • Fat: 0.12 g
  • Protein: 2.20 g
  • Thiamin (Vit. B1): 0.143 mg
  • Riboflavin (Vit. B2): 0.141 mg
  • Niacin (Vit. B3): 0.978 mg
  • Pantothenic acid (B5): 0.274 mg
  • Vitamin B6: 0.091 mg
  • Folate (Vit. B9): 52 μg
  • Vitamin C: 5.6 mg
  • Calcium: 24 mg
  • Iron: 2.14 mg
  • Magnesium: 14 mg
  • Phosphorus: 52 mg
  • Potassium: 202 mg
  • Zinc: 0.54 mg
  • Manganese: 0.158 mg.
   

Popular Asparagus Recipes
This vegetable is the base of many mouth watering recipes of the world. Since it is easy to prepare, many people across the world prefer this vegetable. Almost every culture has a different way of preparing an asparagus dish. Asparagus Swiss Quiche is one of the most widely prepared recipes of the western countries.

How to prepare Asparagus Swiss Quiche
This is one of the most famous recipes of Western countries. It is very easy to prepare and consume less time than other dishes. You just need to collect 10 bacon strips, 1/2 cup chopped onion, 1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed and 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese. Other ingredients required to prepare this recipe is a tablespoon all-purpose flour, salt, teaspoon pepper and at least three eggs.

 

After collecting all the materials, cook bacon in a pan on light heat. Add onion to it. In a saucepan, cook all of the asparagus in a small amount of boiling water until crisp-tender; drain. In a bowl, toss the bacon, onion, asparagus pieces, cheese, flour, salt and pepper. Pour into pastry shell. In a bowl, beat eggs and cream; pour over bacon mixture.

Cook for almost ten minutes, the aroma is capable of arousing your senses.

 

Other popular recipes are:

  • Asparagus Milanese
  • Asparagus with Lemon Viniagrette
  • Asparagus with Sesame & Chive Blossoms, etc
 
 
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