Asparagus is the perfect mid-spring vegetable and, being in season from mid-March to late April, it’s the ideal time to fire up the grill and invite some friends over. Asparagus is wonderful when grilled, but it’s also tasty when cooked in the oven (as with this recipe), or even on the stovetop. However, no matter how you like to eat it, this beautiful green bundle is one you should include in your weekly menu. Not only are the fleshy green spears succulent and tender, but they are also full of nutritional value! In just one cup of cooked asparagus, you get a healthy dose of vitamin K, folate, copper, vitamin C, manganese, fiber, potassium, and vitamin A. Vitamin K is important for proper blood clotting, but studies have also shown that a diet high in this vitamin may help prevent osteoporosis and prolong the strength of your bones (1). So go ahead and enjoy asparagus this season–your taste buds (and bones!) will thank you for it!
(1) Bone health and osteoporosis: the role of vitamin K and potential antagonism by anticoagulants. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17906277