Asparagus is also known as garden asparagus. it is the young tender shoot that is usually cherished as a Culinary art is the art of the preparation, cooking, and presentation of meals. The term culinary means "Related to cooking". People who work in this field are called Culinary artists or Culinarians. In more common terms they are chefs and cooks. The requirements of these workers are people who have knowledge of diet, food science, nutrition and hygiene, design aesthetics,... More delight and consumed as a delicious vegetable.
It is a perennial crop that is somewhat related to the onions and garlic though they are classified into different families. They are believed to originate from Europe especially in the areas around the Mediterranean and western Asia areas.
The asparagus spears are the young shoots that have grown to about 100 to 150 cm tall. It bears needle-like A kitchen weighing scale or weighing balance is a kitchen appliance that is used to measure the weight of food ingredients. The scale can either be mechanical or digital. It usually has a gauge to show the weights and a plate to hold the ingredients.... More leaves. It has bell-shaped flowers. The plant also produces a small red berry fruit reaching about 1 cm in diameter.
The world’s major producers of asparagus include China, Europe, Peru, Mexico, Australia, and the USA. Asparagus is best harvested before the flower buds open. When this happens the shoot tends to get a woody texture.
The highly desired pale shoots are made when the soil is heaped around the shoots during germination to block sunlight and prevent photosynthesis.
One should purchase tender, firm, dark green/purple shoots. The tips should be firm and closed. There should be no signs of bruises, cuts, mold or soft mushy areas. Dull colored shoots should also be avoided as this indicate shoots that have overstayed.
During the Spring seasons, the spears are at their best even though you can still find asparagus throughout the year in the markets. Asparagus loses flavor quickly after harvest and therefore they should be consumed as quickly as possible.
How to Prepare Asparagus for Consumption
The spears should be washed in cool running water to remove pesticide residue, soil, and dirt. They can then be cooked usually by To steam is to cook food using none other than steam or vaporized boiling water in a food steamer or wok or similar utensil. The food is kept away from the boiling water but not the steam. It is usually used to cook starches and vegetables and rarely is it used with meats unless for medical reasons and individual desires.... More or To boil is to cook food in hot bubbling water or other liquid such as stock, milk, wine or others to soften the food and alter its texture and flavor. Boiling protects food from burning as the liquid prevents the temperatures from rising beyond the liquids boiling point. Cooking food in a liquid such as oil is not considered boiling... More. Thicker shoots may need to be peeled before cooking.
Tender shoots can be eaten raw. You can also To steam is to cook food using none other than steam or vaporized boiling water in a food steamer or wok or similar utensil. The food is kept away from the boiling water but not the steam. It is usually used to cook starches and vegetables and rarely is it used with meats unless for medical reasons and individual desires.... More, To boil is to cook food in hot bubbling water or other liquid such as stock, milk, wine or others to soften the food and alter its texture and flavor. Boiling protects food from burning as the liquid prevents the temperatures from rising beyond the liquids boiling point. Cooking food in a liquid such as oil is not considered boiling... More, stir-fry, To Sauté is to cook food by quickly frying in a hot pan with a small amount of oil or fat. This is done in order to brown the surface while preserving the moisture, flavor, and texture of the food. The food is usually cut into small pieces or sliced to quicken the process. Foods that are commonly Sautéed include... More or To braise is to sear food lightly over high heat then cover the pan and finish off the cooking in lower heat in some amount of little liquid. This technique of cooking is also called Pot roasting depending on the amount of liquid added. This method of cooking is usually applied to meats which are tougher and need time to... More them among other cooking methods. These shoots can be eaten on their own or mixed with other vegetables, lentils beans, meat, poultry or seafood.
Popular serving methods include topping steamed shoots with hollandaise sauce, Butter is a dairy product. It remains solid at room temperature and is made by churning fresh or fermented cream or milk. This is done in order to separate butterfat from the buttermilk. It is best used as a bread spread. Other uses include cooking especially baking, sauce making and pan frying. It is also used melted as a condiment... More or cheese. Other garnishes for asparagus include sesame seeds and macadamia nuts. popular seasonings include onions, garlic, ginger, and black pepper.
Asparagus contains just 20 A calorie is a unit of energy used in several fields. It is the amount of energy needed to raise the temperature of one gram of water by one degree Celsius at one atmospheric pressure or the pressure at sea level. When relating to food, Calories with capital "C", also known as the food calorie the same energy as 1000... More per 100 grams. It is low in carbohydrates and proteins but comes with moderate amounts of dietary Fiber also referred to as dietary fiber or roughage is the indigestible portion of food derived from plants. It comes either soluble in water or insoluble. They are normally resistant to absorption in the human digestive tract. They are found in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. It helps increase bulk in ingested foods, softens stool and shortens the total time... More. The spears are rich in vitamins and minerals.
This vegetable is a good source of the B complex vitamins including Folates are also known as Folic acid or vitamin B9 is good for DNA synthesis and is essential for alleviating Anemia and in pregnant women infant neural tube defects. It is a water-soluble vitamin. Folic acid can be found naturally in leafy green vegetables. Steam cooking helps retain more of the vitamin during cooking. You can also get it from... More, Riboflavin is also known as vitamin B2 helps prevent migraines and is good for cellular respiration. It can be found in eggs, milk, meat and green vegetables. Deficiency results in symptoms similar to Pellagra. Others include chapped lips, red tongue, sore throat, inflammation of the mouth and scaly rashes on private parts.... More and Thiamin, Thiamine or Vitamin B1 helps prevent disorders like beriberi and korsakoff's syndrome and can lead to metabolic coma and death. Yeast, yeast extract, pork, whole grain brown bread and other cereals are good sources of vitamin B1.... More. Other that can be found in this vegetable include Niacin is also known as Nicotinic acid or vitamin B3 and is useful for the prevention of nausea, skin and mouth lesions, anemia, headaches and exhaustion. It is also useful in the regulation of high cholesterol in the system. It an be found mainly in protein foods like liver, chicken, beef, fish, cereal, peanuts and legumes.... More, Pantothenic acid is also known as vitamin B5. It is a water soluble vitamin used by animals to synthesize coenzyme-A (CoA), as well as to metabolize proteins, carbohydrates and fats. Major food sources include dried mushrooms, liver, dried egg yolks and sunflower seeds among others. Pantothenic acid deficiency is extremely rare but symptoms include impaired energy production, irritability, fatigue, and... More and Pyridoxine is also known as pyridoxol or vitamin B6 and can be gotten from fruit, vegetables, and grains. It helps prevent confusion, ulcerations, conjuctivitis, intertigo and neuropathy among others. Alcoholics and the elderly are usually the demographics that tend to have increased risk of vitamin B6 deficiency.... More.
The spears are also a good source of vitamin C, Vitamin A is a group of unsaturated nutritional organic compounds like retinol, retinoic acid provitamin A carotenoids like beta-carotene and is important for growth, immune system and good vision especially in low-light and color vision. It can be found in several foods including liver, cod liver oil, carrot, green vegetables, butter, milk sweet potato, Cheese and fish among others.... More and vitamin E. It is also a great source of vitamin K. As for minerals it is a rich source of Copper, Iron Manganese and Phosphorus. Also in lesser amounts is Selenium and Zinc.