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National Asparagus Month

Throughout May it’s National Asparagus Month – the perfect time to try out this delicious vegetable.

The British asparagus season runs from May to June and it is considered to be the best in the world.  Asparagus comes in green, purple and white.  Most British asparagus is green.  The white variety, which is grown in the dark to stop the colour developing is popular in Europe, although now quite readily available in the UK too.

Asparagus is a great source of fibre and is rich in vitamins A, B and C as well as folic acid – perfect for getting you fit and ready for summer if you’re working towards that bikini body for your UK summer holiday!

When buying asparagus choose firm but tender stalks with good colour and closed tips.  Asparagus soon loses its flavour and tenderness, so it is best eaten on the day of purchase.

Before cooking wash in cold water and remove the ends of the stalks. Boil or steam until just tender (4-7 minutes depending on thickness).  Or, why not try it in a stir-fry, blend it in some delicious soup or simply boil it on its own and season with a little salt and pepper or a vinaigrette dressing.

Click here for Head Chef Adam and his two-year-old daughter Lily’s favourite asparagus recipe.

Nicki Davis  | Operations Manager, Food/Beverage and Events