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Move Over Avocado! 17 Photos That Prove Asparagus Is the Healthiest and Sexiest Food There Is

Move Over Avocado! 17 Photos That Prove Asparagus Is the Healthiest and Sexiest Food There Is

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Food & Drink Editor
Updated: 10 May 2017

May in the UK is the start of the asparagus season, so make the most of those slender spears.

At this time of year, shops and farmers’ markets are full of emerald green bunches of British asparagus. Quick to cook, it makes a great starter and needs nothing more than a knob of butter and a sprinkle of sea salt. Alternatively, you can add it to salads along with broccoli for a super healthy boost. Poached eggs work particularly well with asparagus, as do boiled ones for dipping those slender shafts in. In Europe ‘forced’ or white asparagus is popular, but is treated in the same way. Also, keep an eye out for the rarer purple version which is slowly is becoming more plentiful.

Officially the sexiest vegetable

Asparagus is high in vitamin E, which helps increase blood flow to… well, you get the idea. It also contains plenty of potassium and other vitamins. But perhaps the best thing about asparagus is its suggestive shape, something you can’t say about a potato.

Where to get it

The Vale of Evesham in Worcestershire, UK is best known for growing asparagus, and they’re hosting the British Asparagus Festival, hosting various events in May all the way through to the end of June. In the USA, Michigan is asparagus country, and they’re hosting the National Asparagus Festival in late June. So now’s the time to think seasonal and shop local, and enjoy this wonderful healthy vegetable. Below are examples of how some of our favourite instagrammers put it to use in the kitchen.

SWEET OR SAVORY? . Hy everybody 🙋 It's toast tuesday 🙌 I couldn't decide between sweet or savory toasts, so I just prepared both kinds 😄 What's your pick? . – 1: cashew butter with strawberries, crushed hazelnuts and cacao nibs. – 2: cashew cream cheese with roasted veggies and thyme. – 3: cashew cream cheese with sautéed green asparagus, purple carrots and walnuts. – 4: cashew butter with blueberries, red currants and shredded coconut. . Vegan.DIY: Cashew cream cheese. – blend 1 cup soaked cashews, 3 Tbsp coconut oil, 1 Tsp lemon juice, 2 Tbsp nutritional yeast, 1/4 Tsp garlic powder, 1 Tsp salt, 1 Tsp agar powder, 1 Tsp tapioca starch and 1 cup water until smooth and creamy. – in a pot, bring to boil and let simmer for 2-3 min (stir constantly). – fill in a mold/tin and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. – enjoy 😊. . If you try it, let me know 👉 #vegandysrecipes. . Have fun 🙋. . #vegandy #toasttuesday #toast

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One of the perks of living out in the country a bit is that I have access to foraging land. Ramps and morels are my favorite during the spring months. This year, the weather wasn't all that helpful to my spring foraging, but I was able to get enough ramps to make escabeche, pickle them and make some fresh recipes like this salad with butter poached asparagus, roasted ramps, potato slices, poached egg and a nice zesty lemon sauce. It's not an overly complicated dish that hides the ingredients but rather a dish that allows these ingredients to shine on their own. That's the thing, if you start with fresh, seasonal ingredients, you are going to end up making up some really good food!!!! If you don't have access to ramps, you can easily make this salad with all asparagus and potatoes. Enjoy!!!! Recipe Here: http://ow.ly/avAQ30bztZP . . . #chefsofinstagram #chefathlete #susanstable #ramps #asparagus #springsalad #realfood #healthyeating #vegetarianrecipe #glutenfree #paleo #poachedegg #salad #ramprecipe

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#asparagus #osteriafrancescana #italy #modena #spring #travel

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#asparagus #creamedgoatscheese#

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Tuesday Lunch; Fresh German Asparagus, Spargel Lunch w/ hubby. We visited Rothenburg ob der tauper where we visited in 12 years ago. On the way back to Prague, stopped at Nuremberg and bought some asparagus to take home. I fixed today's lunch w/ asparagus from Germany 🇩🇪 . アスパラガスいっぱいのランチ; 昨日、チェコは祝日だったので主人とドイツ・ローテンブルグまでドライブ。ローテンブルグは12年前にヨーロッパに二週間ほどドライブ旅行に訪れた際に最初に泊まった場所。今回は息子は日本でいませんが、12年前に宿泊したホテルのレストランで今が旬のお野菜、シュパーゲルをいただき、プラハに戻る途中で立ち寄ったニュルンベルグで新鮮なシュパーゲルを買っできたので今日もお昼はシュパーゲル😋黄色のエディブルフラワーを散りばめてスモークサーモンとオランデーズソースでいただきました♪ . . . . . . . . #pescetarian #wp_delicious_jp #w7foods #delistagrammer #lin_stagrammer #locari_kitchen #royalcopenhagen #ouchigohan #TABLESクリエイター #obed #todayslunch #lunchtime🍴 #whiteasparagus #asparagus #hollandaise #spargel #homemadespring #おうちごはん #おうちカフェ #プレッツェル #おうちランチ #海外生活 #チェコ #プラハ #クッキングラム #シュパーゲル #ホワイトアスパラガス #家庭料理

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Dreaming of these little beauties and wondering when I should make them again…I'm thinking it should be soon

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