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Green asparagus, White asparagus, Purple asparagus
The most common asparagus in the United States is green, but other varieties include white and purple. They are spear-shaped and can vary in thickness.
- Look for asparagus spears that are the same size.
- The tips should be firm and tight, not dried out.
- Eat within 1-3 days after purchasing.
- Store asparagus upright in the fridge with its base in water for 2-3 days.
- Grab asparagus at each end and snap in half. They will naturally break in the tender spot. Discard the tough end. You can steam the spears in a pan with a little water for about 5 minutes or cut them into pieces and sautee them with other vegetables in a little oil.
- You can also cook them in the microwave in a glass dish with a little water for about 5 minutes.
Why It's Great
- Fiber helps with healthy digestion and keeps us feeling full. Eating enough fiber has been shown to keep our hearts healthy too.
- Folate, or folic acid, helps our tissues grow and our cells work. Especially important for pregnant women.
- Vitamin A keeps our eyes working, our immune system strong, and our cells growing.
- Vitamin C keeps our immune system strong and helps our bodies heal quickly.
- Vitamin K helps our bodies heal quickly.
- Iron is essential for red blood cells and muscles.
- Chromium is important for blood sugar regulation and using energy from the foods we eat.
- Antioxidants help protect our cells from damage due to normal body functions and environmental factors.
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