“Asparagus inspire gentle thoughts.” – Charles Lamb
Hi Three to Five Tribe! Happy Memorial Day Weekend and the unofficial start to summer, which means the official start of farmer’s market season. #shoplocal #supportamericasfarmers The farmer’s markets here in Chicago officially opened a couple weeks ago, but I made my first visit this past weekend where I stumbled across a diamond in the rough – purple asparagus!
If you know me, you know I love to ask questions, especially when it comes to food and nutrition. The farmer’s market is the perfect place for me because I get to talk to the actual farmers and growers and ask all of my questions! Naturally, when I stumbled across an array of asparagus, I took the opportunity to inquire more about the purple asparagus instead of automatically grabbing my usual green stems. #steppingoutofmybox
Spoiler alert: The violet hue only goes skin deep as the flesh of the asparagus stalks are still white and green, like green asparagus stalks. #shucks
I did not think there would be much of a difference in purple asparagus, but there is a detectable difference!
I learned purple asparagus is sweeter and more tender than green asparagus and is in peak season during spring and into early so summer, so pick some up soon and try this recipe below. #farmerrecommended
#1 Preheat oven to 350°.
#2 Rinse the asparagus stalks in cool water. Place the remaining stalks in a bowl of shallow water and place in the fridge to save for later! These stalks are good for upwards for almost one week.
#3 Chop off the ends of the stalks for a fresh cut. I usually cut off 1/4 – 1/2 inch.
#4 Drizzle 1-2 tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil on top of the stalks and sprinkle with sea salt and fresh ground pepper. You could also include a squeeze of fresh lemon for a bit of added flavor.
#5 Place asparagus on baking sheet and roast in the oven for about 20-25 minutes then eat and enjoy!
Purple asparagus pairs well with almost any dish, but I prefer mine with a filet of wild caught salmon or a bison steak.
Now go grab a bundle of purple asparagus fresh from your local farmer’s market and try them for yourself. Happy shopping!
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