How to recognise fresh asparagus and how healthy he really is

The Asparagus season begins! Now green and white asparagus tastes particularly good. But how healthy is he really? And how do you recognize fresh asparagus and how to prepare it best?

1. Asparagus has many nutrients and is low in calories.

In asparagus stuck many vitamins and minerals, at the same time suggests the rod of vegetables but hardly any calories: 100 grams of asparagus have only about 18 calories , or 74 kilojoules. Due to the high potassium content, effect of asparagus, a diuretic.




2. Green asparagus is healthier than white asparagus.

No question, both white and green asparagus are healthy. But green asparagus is a little bit healthier, because it has a slightly higher content of mineral substances , as well as a bit more Vitamin C and protein.

3. Fresh asparagus squeaks.

In fact, who is fresh Asparagus spears against each other, rubbing, and hear a squeaking noise.

For more fresh features:

  • a fresh, juicy bleed point
  • shiny and crack-free Asparagus
  • closed and fixed asparagus heads, not cave in to pressure
  • Asparagus stalks are pliable, but easy to break

4. The trading classes, say asparagus, nothing about taste.

Is not required to have a distinction of quality classes (commercial classes) to the asparagus. However, just on the market, you can find white asparagus are often sorted according to their grades. Important to know: The quality of classes only with the appearance to do – that is, how thick, how straight and how white the Asparagus stalks are. Taste seen, it should, however, no difference between thick, straight, class 1-rods, and thin, krummem asparagus.

5. The asparagus season traditionally ends on 24. June.

When the asparagus season begins, can vary. Because when the first asparagus shows, depends on how hot or cold the spring is. Usually ends, however, at the same time – traditionally on the 24. June one year, respectively at Midsummer’s day. The last day of the asparagus season, designate some as asparagus new year’s eve. After that, the asparagus is set sting normally, because there is next year as asparagus, need to recover the plants. Theoretically, you could harvest even beyond that date asparagus, which would, however, have unfavorable effect on asparagus yield in the next year.

On the topic of asparagus season, there are also appropriate Bauer rules, such as:"Until St. John’s day don’t forget, seven weeks of eating asparagus.""Stitch the asparagus never made it down to St. John’s.""Cherries red, asparagus dead."

6. Fresh asparagus can be stored for two to three days.

In a damp cloth wrapped, fresh asparagus in the refrigerator for about two to three days in length.

7. White asparagus can be frozen.

Who fresh white asparagus in the next few days eat or a lot of asparagus left, you can just freeze. Before you should wash it, peel and the woody end cut off. To Prepare, he must now be thrown (frozen) into boiling water.

8. Green asparagus do not need peeling (mostly).

Green asparagus is less work than white asparagus because you have him mostly with no or very little peeling. Normally, it is sufficient that the lower woody end cut off. The asparagus rods are very thick and have bottom a lighter color than the Rest, you should peel the lower third.

9. White asparagus is after 15 to 25 minutes cooking time.

As long as white asparagus needs to be cooked, so that he is not, depends on the thickness of the rods, for thicker asparagus takes a bit longer. Depending on the asparagus you have, the cooking time is between 15 and 25 minutes , respectively. Green asparagus is already after about 10 to 25 minutes .

10. Green asparagus grows above the ground.

White asparagus is white because he is up to the Asparagus harvest of the earth is covered in remains or the earth breaks through and so normally there is no sun light get. Green asparagus is not pulled out, it grows under a Erdhaube such as white asparagus. As a result, he gets, like other green plants, the sun light and starts to form of green Chlorophyll, the sun’s light for energy production. In principle, everyone would be white asparagus, green asparagus, if there is no mound over him, piling would. For mass cultivation, however, uses mostly certain asparagus varieties, depending on whether you want to harvest white or green asparagus.

11. After eating Asparagus the urine smell in some people differently.

In some people, the urine gets after eating asparagus have a very typical smell. Whether this is so depends on how the body is a special ingredient of the asparagus metabolizes the asparagus acid. Depending on the metabolic pathway of sulfur-containing smelling degradation products – or not. The typical asparagus smell in urine are not able to perceive in addition, all of the people.

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Updated on: 15. May 2019