Today's blog is written by Emily Barrett, a master's nutrition student at the University of Utah.
It's spring–and asparagus season!
Asparagus has a long history. It's been consumed by humans for as long as 2000 years. Asparagus is believed to have originated in eastern Mediterranean countries, and was enjoyed by the Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians.
Did you know that asparagus is a flower? Storing asparagus with its ends in water in the fridge can help it stay fresh and tender longer.
Asparagus is particularly delicious roasted until tender in the oven at 400 degrees F for 12-15 minutes.
Asparagus is a great, healthy choice. Try it steamed, roasted, or even raw. Asparagus is low in calories and sodium, and is a great source of fiber, folate, and other vitamins and minerals!