It’s that glorious time of year when the Produce Department is bursting with new colors and scents every day as fresh fruits and vegetables roll in. A peak moment during this explosive season is when the first stalks of purple asparagus grace our shelves—even though they tend to fly off the shelves just as quickly.
Cooks love purple asparagus for its sweet flavor and tender texture, and for that extra pop it gives to your plate. The beautiful color comes from anthocyanins, a family of brightly colored flavonoids. These pigmented phytonutrients already have a long history in folk medicine, and are being studied for their disease-preventing properties today. Purple asparagus is also high in vitamins, potassium, and cell-protecting folate!
To add a delicious, healthful flourish to any food event this season, just sub in purple asparagus in any of these recipes:
Light Fare and Drinks: Asparagus Antipasto Platter
Date: Monday May 23, 2016
Category: In The Co-op
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