Asparagus is available year-round, but spring is the best season for this nutritious vegetable.
One of our favorite way to prepare this right for all blood types veggie is to broil them in the oven. Asparagus is delicious to eat and easy to prepare. The optimum growing season for this delicious vegetable is from February through June, so spring is the best time to enjoy it, whether as a stand alone vegetable, as an addition to risotto or pasta, and simply blanched and added to a favorite salad. Asparagus is best cooked the same day it is purchased, however, it will keep, tightly wrapped in a plastic bag, 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator. Or, you can also store it standing upright in about an inch of water, covering the container with a plastic bag.
Here’s a quick and easy recipe for asparagus, which is great to serve at a spring luncheon or dinner.
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil per pound of asparagus
- Sea salt, to taste.
- Cut off woody end of asparagus (hold below blossom and end of stalk and bend the stalk gently as if folding, discard the cut end).
- Line a pan with foil and pre-heat broiler.
- Lay out the asparagus in a line on the lined pan and sprinkle with olive oil first then flake sea salt.
- Broil for 7-9 minutes, very close to the broiler coil then turn the asparagus over and broil for another 3-5 minutes (time depends on thickness of the stalk).
Simple and elegant . Enjoy!
Notes about the ‘asparagus smell in the urine’
We asked Dr. D’Adamo about the reputation asparagus has of imparting a sulfurous smell to the urine. This is what he wrote back:
There seems to be some debate about whether the ability to produce an odoriferous urine from eating asparagus is particular to some people or universal. This reaction is due to a chemical in asparagus (asparagusic acid) that is broken down into a group of related smelly sulfur-containing compounds. However the ability to smell the sulfurous compounds produced after eating asparagus may indeed vary genetically. Research seems to indicate that the single nucleotide polymorphism (‘snip’) near the OR2M7 gene (rs4481887/ AA) may dictate whether you can detect whether someone has eaten asparagus from smelling their urine. Regardless, these compounds are harmless (and may in fact be beneficial), so feel free to enjoy this wonderful vegetable.