Savor Our Seasons: Asparagus

By Liza Drew, Keene State College Dietetic Intern 

Flavorful fact: Under ideal conditions, an asparagus spear can grow 10 inches in 24 hours!

May is a busy month of planting for local farmers, though harvesting is still light. One early crop that can be enjoyed in May is asparagus. Though it takes asparagus about 2 years to be ready for its first harvest, plants will continue to be productive for about 15 years without the need to replant.

Asparagus offers continuous harvesting in spring and early summer because as you break off a spear it immediately begins to regenerate. Asparagus is also an excellent source of fiber, B vitamins and potassium and some even claim that it is an aphrodisiac. We won’t make any promises that it will bring you love, but if you try this recipe you will enjoy a satisfying spring meal.