Tuesday, November 17, 2009

What's in season - November


There are three varieties of asparagus: green, white or purple. White asparagus is similar to green, although it's not exposed to sunlight. Purple asparagus is sweeter.

Is it good for me?

Asparagus contains dietary fibre, beta carotene, vitamin E and folate.

Buying and storing

Look for bright spears with compact tips. Trim ends and stand in a glass with 1-2cm of water. Cover with a plastic bag and store in fridge for up to five days.


Snap off woody ends. Tougher spears also need peeling.

Cooking tips

  • Blanch, slice and add to scrambled eggs.
  • Dress white asparagus with hollandaise.
  • Brush spears with olive oil and cook on the barbecue for a few minutes.

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