Friday, March 13, 2009

Asparagus demystified

Asparagus is a perennial vegetable belonging to the lily family. The edible part is the underground rhizome and roots. The plant has medicinal value when consumed as a vegetable. The plant is well known in Europe and Africa. It derives its name from an amino acid called as Asparagine found in abundance in this crop. Asparagus is a diuretic and keeps your excretory system healthy. The vegetable is fat free and supplies potassium and folic acid to the body. Dietary fibre present in asparagus aids in digestion. Preparing an asparagus dish is easy and it can be cooked in any form. It doesn't matter whether it is grilled, boiled or fried and it is always yummy. It will add to the flavor of soups and stews. People also make asparagus pickles which can be preserved for a long time. Intake of asparagus is vital for patients with kidney and bladder stones. It can also heal infections in the urino-genital tract. Another curious aspect of asparagus is that it is believed to excite your desires for the opposite gender. A perfect recipe of asparagus would be to amalgamate it with Parmesan cheese.


faye said...

i love asparagus with holandaise sauce or butter sauce with a little bit toasted breadcrumbs::

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