Depending on where you live you’re likely either in the middle of asparagus season or just about to enter it. Asparagus is one of my favourite vegetables. It works great as a side dish or in a stir fry or a salad. It counts as your “dark green leafy vegetable” for the day and it’s got lots of folate, fibre, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. It’s also super low in calories (only about 42 in a cup).
Try to choose crisp fresh spears. If you’re not eating them right away they store best in the fridge in a container with a bit of water (like a bouquet of flowers but covered with a plastic bag). Trim the woody ends before cooking, either with a knife or by just snapping them off.
The easiest way to cook them is by steaming or boiling them until they turn bright green and tender crisp (about 4 minutes). Another fun way to enjoy asparagus is by roasting it. Here’s a simple and tasty recipe from Bon Appetit. Another one of my favourites is Heidi Swanson’s “Straw and Hay Fettuccini Tangle, with Spring Asparagus Purée” from her cookbook Super Natural Cooking. If you don’t have the cookbook (I do recommend it) you can still find the recipe on Simply Recipes.
Just in case you were wondering why asparagus makes your pee smell (I know you were)… It’s due to “methanethiol” the by-product of metabolism which your kidneys see fit to excrete in your urine.