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.