Asparagus season begins mid-April. And would you look at that? It’s mid-April! I was lucky to pick up two bunches of asparagus for the price of one at a local natural foods shop this week. Asparagus is one of those food items that you don’t want to add too much to – it’s flavor is so delicate and should really be allowed to shine on it’s own. Here’s a lovely little asparagus recipe I came up with:
Fresh Asparagus w/Sunflower Seeds & Garlic
- 1 bunch of fresh Asparagus
- 4 clove garlic, sliced
- about 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
- fresh lemon juice & zest of 1/2 lemon
- sea salt
- olive oil
1. Start by boiling a large pot of water. Enough that there is room for your asparagus.
2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
3. Prepare your ingredients. Wash asparagus and cut off the tough, white ends. Cut asparagus diagonally into 1″ – 2″ pieces. Then you can slice your garlic cloves into thin slices, or dice.
4. Mix sunflower seeds, garlic and just a dash of olive oil onto small baking sheet (or pie pan) and put in oven to begin roasting. Allow to roast anywhere from 10 – 20 minutes, it all really depends on your oven (mine is a little funny and takes much less time than normal folks’ ovens.) When nicely browned, take out of oven and let cool off just a bit.
5. When water comes to rolling boil, add Asparagus. Only let asparagus cook for 3 to 4 minutes! This is crucial, you do not want your asparagus to come out too mushy! Drain water off asparagus, and put into mixing bowl.
6. Add garlic & sunflower seeds to warm asparagus, drizzle with olive oil and add salt (to taste). Squeeze fresh lemon and add zest to bowl. Mix well! Enjoy lots!
I served this with a side of locally made kraut and croissants spread with a herbed & spiced vegan cream cheese. An absolutely perfect spring meal! Too bad the weather outside isn’t reflecting the season!
If you’d like to do a search for what produce is seasonal in your area, try a search like this one over at simplesteps.org where you can find what is in season for your are, and local farmers’ markets. Real Simple offers a seasonal fruit & vegetable tool that allows you to choose your food and then will tell you when it is in season, how to store it, it’s shelf life, and uses. Eat fresh, eat local! You’ll feel better, wallet included!