HEALTHY LIFESTYLE -- ASPARAGUS
Asparagus is a good source of vitamin C and an excellent source of folate. Asparagus also contains antioxidants that promote good health.
Buy firm, bright-green stalks with tight, purple-tinted buds. If spears are khaki-green they are past their prime. Use as soon as possible after purchase. To store, trim ends, Stand stalks upright in 1 inch of water in a tall container. cover the tops with a plastic bags and refrigerated for no more than a few days.
Gently snap each asparagus stalk at the bottom; it should break at the very spor when the woodiness begins. Discard the woody ends. Soak in cold water. Thicker stalks require peeling/ To cook, lay spears in 1 inch of water with awide, non-aluminum pan. Bring to a gentle boil. Thin spears will take 3 to 5 minutes; medium, 5 to 8; and thick 10 to 12 minutes. Cook to crisp-tender. Stick with a fork to test. SErve immediatley.