Did you know that asparagus are the young shoots of a cultivated lily plant? They are considered to be one of the delicacies of the vegetable world. They have a distinct, intense savoury flavour. Growing organic asparagus is a labor-intensive process. Different sorts of asparagus exist: French asparagus is purple, while British and American varieties are green. Spanish and much Dutch asparagus, on the other hand, is white because it’s grown beneath the soil and cut just as the tips emerge.
Organic Asparagus are packed with nutrients
One of my favourite thing with asparagus is that they are low in calories yet packed with essential nutrients. A mere half cup of cooked asparagus (90 grams) contains 20 calories, 2.2 grams of protein, 0.2 grams of fat, and 1.8 grams of fiber. It also contains a host of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C (12% of the RDI), vitamin A (18% of the RDI), vitamin K (57% of the RDI), folate (34% of the RDI), potassium (6% of the RDI), phosphorous (5% of the RDI), and vitamin E (7% of the RDI). I find this pretty impressive considering the size of this organic veg. Asparagus is also a good source of micronutrients, such as iron, zinc, and riboflavin. Moreover, it is an excellent source of vitamin K, which plays a vital role in blood clotting and bone health. Additionally, asparagus is rich in folate, a nutrient essential for a healthy pregnancy and many important bodily processes like cell growth and DNA formation.
Organic Asparagus have many other health benefits
Asparagus is a vegetable that provides a range of health benefits. It is a rich source of antioxidants, comprising of vitamins C and E, flavonoids and polyphenols. These antioxidants help in preventing the accumulation of harmful free radicals and may decrease the risk of chronic diseases. Furthermore, asparagus is also an excellent source of fiber, which promotes regularity and digestive health. Regular consumption of asparagus may aid in reducing the chances of heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Asparagus is high in folate (vitamin B9) which is crucial for pregnant women as it helps in preventing neural tube defects during pregnancy. In addition, asparagus contains potassium, which is a mineral that helps in lowering high blood pressure. Additionally, research suggests that asparagus may contain an active compound that dilates blood vessels, thus reducing blood pressure. Lastly and quite importantly, asparagus is a delicious and versatile vegetable that I very easily incorporate into my diet. It can be added to salads, frittatas, omelets, stir-fries or just steamed with a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper.