Asparagus facts and general information about asparagus.
Planned Kids Cooking Curriculum
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Asparagus is Available in Season:
Fresh mid to late spring.
How Does it Grow:
Asparagus grows in long tall stalks. In spring, they grow wild, even
on some roadsides and can keep producing for years to come.
What to Look For When Buying:
Pick asparagus that are thin and green-purplish in color. Select
ones that are crisp with tightly bunched heads.
Use quickly and store in fridge with stalks in a cup of water if not
using the same day.
How to Cook:
Wash. Break off ends by bending and snapping the end of the stalks.
Use a wide skillet the stalks can lay down in. Boil in 5 cups of
water with 1/2 Tablespoon salt. Boil 5-7 minutes until skewer
pierces the middle easily. Don't overcook.
High in folacin and a good source of potassium and fiber.
Asparagus are a good source of Vitamin B, calcium and
Asparagus with Butter and Nuts
Prepare asparagus by boiling for 5-7 minutes as mentioned above.
Meanwhile melt butter in microwave. Arrange asparagus on serving
platter when done. Drizzle melted butter and top with chopped
almonds if desired.
Asparagus Cheese Appetizers
12 asparagus spears
6 oz. cream cheese, softened
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon lemon juice
Cook asparagus until tender. Drain. Meanwhile, in a bowl blend cream
cheese, Parmesan cheese and lemon juice. Spread on top of a cracker.
Cut asparagus into 1 inch pieces. Place one asparagus piece on top
of cream cheese mixture. Serve.
1 tablespoon butter
1 onion, finely chopped
3/4 lb asparagus, cut in 1 inch pieces
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1- 1/2 cups short grain rice
4 cups chicken broth
1/4 cup cream
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
In saucepan melt butter and sauté onions and garlic several minutes
until onions are transparent. Add rice and stir until coated. When
rice starts to look shiny like glass add chicken broth. Bring to a
boil and add asparagus. Cover and turn heat to medium-low. Allow to
steam and cook for about 10 minutes or until rice is fluffy and
done. Stir in cream, Parmesan cheese and basil until well combined.