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National Asparagus Month


When is National Asparagus Month?

National Asparagus Month happens on Wednesday May 1, 2024.

National Asparagus Month: Savoring the Spears in May

May is National Asparagus Month, a time to celebrate one of the most delightful harbingers of spring – asparagus! This elegant vegetable is not only delicious but also packed with nutritional benefits. Asparagus’s versatility makes it a favorite among chefs and home cooks alike. From grilling to roasting, blanching to sautéing, there are countless ways to enjoy asparagus. This month, let’s explore the many culinary delights that asparagus can bring to our tables. 🌟🌱

The Wonders of Asparagus:

Asparagus, known for its distinct, mildly earthy flavor, is a nutritional powerhouse. It’s low in calories but rich in vitamins A, C, E, K, and B6, as well as folate, iron, copper, calcium, protein, and fiber.

Delicious Ways to Enjoy Asparagus:

  1. Grilled Asparagus: Tossed in olive oil, salt, and pepper, and grilled to perfection.
  2. Asparagus Soup: A creamy, comforting soup that’s perfect for spring evenings.
  3. Roasted Asparagus: Roasted with garlic and a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese.
  4. Asparagus Risotto: Creamy risotto paired with the fresh taste of green asparagus.
  5. Asparagus and Prosciutto Bundles: Wrapped in prosciutto and roasted until crispy.
  6. Pickled Asparagus: Great as a snack.
  7. Asparagus Quiche: Perfect for a springtime brunch.
  8. Steamed Asparagus: Served with a hollandaise sauce.
  9. Asparagus Salad: Tossed with cherry tomatoes, feta cheese, and a light vinaigrette.
  10. Stir-Fried Asparagus: With garlic, ginger, and a splash of soy sauce for an Asian twist.

Celebrating National Asparagus Month:

  • Visit a Local Farm: If possible, visit a local farm to pick fresh asparagus and learn about its growth process.
  • Asparagus-Themed Dinner: Host a dinner where each course features asparagus in a creative way.
  • Cooking Challenge: Challenge yourself to include asparagus in your meals in various ways throughout the month.
  • Share Your Creations: Use #NationalAsparagusMonth to share your asparagus dishes on social media.

Pairing Asparagus with Other Flavors:

  • Herbs and Spices: Complement asparagus with herbs such as tarragon, dill, or parsley.
  • Proteins: Asparagus goes well with salmon, chicken, or poached eggs.

Health Benefits of Asparagus:

Asparagus is known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It’s a natural diuretic and can help in detoxification.

Tips for Preparing Asparagus:

  • Trimming: Bend the asparagus spear near the bottom to find its natural breaking point and discard the tough end.
  • Cooking: Avoid overcooking asparagus to maintain its nutrients, color, and crisp texture.
  • Storage: Keep asparagus fresh by storing the stems in water in the refrigerator.

National Asparagus Month encourages us to explore and appreciate this versatile and nutritious spring vegetable. With so many ways to prepare and enjoy asparagus, it’s easy to incorporate this delightful veggie into your diet all month long. So, let’s embrace the spear and make May a month of green, healthy, and delicious asparagus dishes! 🌱🍴

When does National Asparagus Month happen next year?

National Asparagus Month will happen on the following upcoming dates:

  • Thursday May 1, 2025
  • Friday May 1, 2026
  • Saturday May 1, 2027
  • Monday May 1, 2028
  • Tuesday May 1, 2029


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