May is a month of abundance. The culmination of Spring and Summer provides not only fantastic weather but an increase in production in the food and drink industry.
Well into the start of the season, which will end within a month, make the most of home-grown asparagus which has been called the best in the world.
Asparagus is one vegetable that packs a super healthy punch to your diet. Unfortunately, the goodness within these green spears starts to deteriorate soon after harvesting. This is why is it best to try to buy locally grown asparagus if it is available to you. If not, British grown asparagus is your next best option for freshness and quality.
Asparagus is a versatile vegetable, suitable for any meal. It is quick and easy to cook and also to prepare. Popular ways to enjoy this veg is with a poached egg, hollandaise sauce on toast for a hearty brunch or served with cured meats for a tapas dish.
Asparagus cultivation goes back to Ancient Greece, where they believed it had medicinal properties
Asparagus was also believed to be an aphrodisiac which is likely to be because of its spearlike shape as well as its contents of B vitamins.
It is a member of the lily family like Welsh onions, leeks, chives and garlic. Asparagus could trigger an allergic reaction if you are allergic to any of the aforementioned.
You can also buy white and purple asparagus which are more popular varieties on the continent.
Asparagus is one food which has the fifth taste known as umami.
Asparagus contains high amounts of folic acid, fibre and potassium whilst also being a good source of vitamins A, K and C.
Asparagus is low in calories around 20 calories per serving (5 spears).
Its health benefits are wide and varied including anti-ageing, lowering risk of type 2 diabetes and good for heart health as well as supporting the skin which has sustained pollution or sun damage.
Asparagus is top veg to include in a pregnancy diet because of its high content of folic acid.
Asparagus may give you smelly pee – but not everyone can smell it!
Other Foods in Season
There are some great foods on offer once May arrives including the first strawberries of the season.
Other seasonal foods worth noting:
- Jersey Royal new potatoes
- Salad leaves
- Fresh herbs