Asparagus; How To Pick It, Storage, Season, Health Benefits & Juicing. Cilantro Jalapeno Green Salsa Juice Recipe <32
February 27, 2013 by Living Girl Living Foods
Fresh Asparagus can be found in the produce section standing upright in bundles, sometimes it is also in a little bit of cold water. Try to purchase asparagus when it looks fresh; bright green with firm, compact and closed tips. Stalks should be tender almost as far down as the green extends.
Thick or thin asparagus is really a matter of personal taste – thin spears are more tender and sweet, while fatter stems have a “meatier” texture and stronger asparagus flavor.
If your asparagus does not look so healthy, try soaking it in ice cold water.
Do not purchase asparagus with mold (check on the tips specifically), tares and spears that are flopping down or have lost their shape.
A great way to store asparagus so they stay fresher longer is keeping them standing bundled in a jar, with roughly 1-inch of water.
If you are cooking your asparagus, look for asparagus spears that are the same thickness from top to bottom. This will make it easier to cook them evenly.
California, New Jersey, Washington and Michigan are the major sources of asparagus in the United States, they are available from mid-February through June, with peak supplies from April to June.
Asparagus is high in phosphorus, potassium and vitamin A. It is extremely helpful with cleaning the kidneys. Other organs that is provides substantial nutrients to are; the pineal, adrenal, and thyroid glands, as well as major organs such as the heart, liver, lungs, spleen, pancreas and skin (acne, eczema).
Asparagus is rather alkaline. It has high quantities of mineral and trace elements, one we are all familiar with without possibly knowing the proper name is asparagine, which causes our urine to smell when we consume asparagus. This is perfectly normal, this indicates that your body properly detoxified.
Since asparagus is high in alkalinity it is typically recommended to juice it with tomatoes, greens, celery, anything that is not too sweet.
I learned most of these facts from Heinerman’s Encyclopedia of Healing Juices, which I have mentioned in a previous post 😉
Here is a little concoction I came up with today with a few asparagus spears.
Cilantro Jalapeno Green Salsa Juice Recipe
1-inch ginger, peeled
1-inch turmeric, peeled
I used a fairly large piece of jalapeno, around 1/2-inch to an inch, please use as much or as little as you would like
1/2 lemon, rind removed
1 handful cilantro
1/4 yellow bell pepper
4 asparagus spears
4 celery sticks
2 cup spinach
1 small romaine heart
Juice & Enjoy! ❤
For anyone who is skeptical about asparagus actually being juice able, I have a quick video of me juicing a few spears. You can see my juicer breaking it down, the color of the juice and what the pulp looks like also.
I hope this was helpful or at least entertaining for anyone who was interested in learning more about asparagus. Thank you all for stopping by! Much love ❤ and raw power 😉