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Beauty of rare crunchy asparagus

 Beauty of rare crunchy asparagus (Photo: iStock)

Exploring in terms of food means eating what people consider common as well as what is rare. The word rare has asparagus written all over it.

It is a spring vegetable characterised by long, slender spears with tightly closed buds at the tip and belongs to the lily family.

There are several varieties and therefore different colours, from white to purple and green, which is the most common.

To use them in the kitchen, they are picked before they have fully matured into fern-like leaves when their mild, slightly earthy flavour can be preserved.

This delicacy can be prepared in many ways. It can be steamed until tender and crisp and served as a simple side dish or added to salads, pasta dishes or stir-fries.

Roasting asparagus in the oven with olive oil, salt and pepper enhances its flavour and creates a delicious caramelised exterior.

Grilled asparagus adds a smoky flavour and attractive char marks, making it a perfect option for outdoor cooking.

It can also be sautéed in butter or olive oil with garlic, herbs or other seasonings for a flavourful side dish.

Asparagus has several health benefits. It is a good source of essential nutrients such as vitamins A, C, E and K, folate, potassium and fibre.

It also contains compounds that can help improve insulin sensitivity, making it a good vegetable for people with diabetes or those looking to manage their blood sugar levels.

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