Season the asparagus water with lemon
The asparagus season has started. From now on you can buy the tasty asparagus everywhere in the markets and greengrocers. However, the boiling water should be properly seasoned so that the stick vegetables can develop their full aroma.
If you want to prepare asparagus properly, add a little sea salt to the cooking water, a pinch of whole cane sugar and the juice of half a lemon. Only then can the asparagus develop its full aroma, as a spokesman for the Lower Saxony Chamber of Agriculture in Oldenburg explained. Green asparagus is cooked after a good 10 to 15 minutes. The information applies from the time of the bubbling water. White asparagus usually takes about 20 minutes to cook. Green asparagus can also be eaten raw or fried.
If you don't have a special high saucepan for cooking, you can also use a flat, oval saucepan, as the press office "German Fruit and Vegetables" reports. It is important that the asparagus has its place in the saucepan. A fork test can help check if the vegetables are cooked.
Eating asparagus is healthy
Asparagus (asparagus) has always been considered a health-promoting vegetable in naturopathy. The bars are said to have positive effects on the nervous system, cell growth and digestion. Asparagus contains a number of valuable vitamins such as A, C, B1, B2 as well as minerals and trace elements such as iron, potassium, copper, magnesium, phosphorus, iron and zinc. Vitamins C and E in particular reduce the risk of vascular problems. The fiber contained stimulates the digestive and kidney functions, which favors the excretion of metabolites. Potassium and aspartic acid in asparagus help the kidneys excrete breakdown substances, zinc supports the immune system, accelerates wound healing and strengthens the connective tissue. In addition, iron and magnesium are important for blood formation and thus prevent muscle cramps.
Asparagus is a perennial. The root hibernates around 35 centimeters underground. On average, an asparagus plant produces crops for six to eight years. Only then does the farmer have to renew the rhizome. To this day, asparagus is stung with the bare hand in the old tradition. The harvest usually begins in April and traditionally ends on June 24th.
Antique noble vegetables
Asparagus has been a noble vegetable since ancient times and was enjoyed by the Romans, Greeks and Egyptians. In alternative medicine, asparagus is considered a medicinal plant and is used due to the diuretic effect. Many delicious asparagus recipes can be found in cookbooks and numerous internet cooking sites. The most common asparagus dish in this country is "asparagus with hollandaise sauce, schnitzel and potatoes". (sb)
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