A member of the lily family, the edible part of this ultimate "luxury" vegetable is actually the young underground sprout or shoot.
Asparagus is an excellent source of vitamin A, and a good source of folate, thiamin, riboflavin, copper and vitamin C. The National Cancer Institute has noted that asparagus is the food highest in glutathione—a powerful detoxifying enzyme, produced by the liver.
Antioxidant Score (ORAC)=2,150
The optimum season for fresh asparagus lasts from February through June, although hothouse asparagus is available year-round in some regions. It`s best cooked the same day it`s purchased but will keep, tightly wrapped in a plastic bag, 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator. Or, store standing upright in about an inch of water, covering the container with a plastic bag.
Serving size: 1 cup(s)
Omega-6 / Omega-3 ratio: 4 : 1