Asparagus is still in season so worth eating as often as you can for that reason. It is delicious and also very healthy. You can find it in almost every store at the moment. Asparagus contains a lot of vitamins B1, B3, C, E, K and lots of folate. A lack of folate has been linked to peripheral arterial disease, heart attack, stroke, osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s disease, so it is worth including asparagus into your diet when you can. Asparagus is also a source of prebiotic which stimulates the growth of good bacteria in your gut. There are also studies that have found asparagus to be effective in preventing the growth of cancer cells. Asparagus has anti-inflammatory , anti-fungal and diuretic properties and prevents DNA damage. It also protects your liver against the harmful effects of alcohol as asparagus has been found to protect liver cells.
The best way to eat asparagus, in my opinion, is steamed, with melted butter and with some good ham. You can find lovely Italian or Spanish proper ham in the shops, but please be careful to choose proper ham that does not contain sugar such as good parma ham. Believe it or not, most ham in our supermarkets does contain sugar although you do not need any sugar to make tasty and good ham, just good salt. So do read the labels and choose carefully.
Without the ham, asparagus makes a delicious side for any dish and is so good even in a quiche or as a soup.