Asparagus is a highly praised health food packed with nutrients known to be good for cardiovascular and digestive health. It’s super popular in the United States, and we’re not going to try to reinvent the wheel, we capitol L - Love asparagus, too. There are lots of reasons why we love asparagus, not the least of which is how deliciously meaty and tender they are. The fact is, they are so versatile in the kitchen - you can cook them a dozen different ways and they’ll always be amazing. But what we think is most notable about asparagus is that they are a perennial plant. One plant can live as long as 20 years, and can produce asparagus spears every year. Every season the plants send up spears, and for 6 weeks or so they are harvestable and continue to grow back. Then, the plant is left to rest and it grows really tall and fern-like. The process of letting the plant grow out, and then letting it die back at the end of the summer, creates a self-fertilizing cycle that makes for a healthy root system and nutrient dense soil.
It’s really the best of both worlds for us. We expend very little energy to cultivate asparagus, and we get so many health benefits from eating it. The plant does all the work! And our favorite health benefit that this rock star plant offers us? It lowers ammonia levels in our bodies making us less tired. Because obviously, here in NYC, we need all the energy we can get!