FOOD: Asparagus

The tender green crop of asparagus is one of spring's first in Ontario. The flavourful shoots are perfect to enjoy in a vivid green soup or salad or simply grilled with a drizzle of olive oil and lemon juice. Asparagus packs a nutritional punch of vitamins A and C and is a great source of folacin. One-half cup contains only 24 calories, so pile on a side of green. Look for straight crisp spears with tight heads, and use within a few days. Store in the refrigerator with ends wrapped in damp paper towel and the bundle tightly wrapped in cling film, or standing in a few inches of water. To prepare, rinse under cold water and snap off the woody ends.

RECIPE: Ontario Asparagus with Bacon & Eggs with Herb Dressing
RECIPE: Creamy Spring Asparagus Soup
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