This is our garden and hoop house-we are growing LOTS of our own food this year!! I have been enjoying slightly bitter dandelion green smoothies-a deeply healing liver tonic...Nature provides us with Spring cleaning! We are also enjoying the year's 1st asparagus-Yum! I have actually been lightly sauteeing the asparagus because I remember hearing that asparagus is one of those vegetables that is toxic when eaten raw. I just did some researching on the internet and everything I have found so far says it is completely safe to eat raw. Tonight, I am going to marinate some via this recipe I found on www.naturalzing.com and will let you know how it goes...
Marinated Asparagus1 bunch organic asparagus
1/4 c Nama Shoyu
1 T organic onion
1 organic lemon, juiced
2 T organic balsamic vinegar (or Braggs unpasteurized apple cider vinegar)
1. Cut 1" off the bottom of the stems and save for your compose heap, then cut the stalks in half.
2. Mix marinade and pour over asparagus.
3. Marinate overnight and serve at room temperature.
Asparagus is high in folic acid and a good source of potassium, fiber, B6, vit A, C and thiamin. It contains a pre-biotic called inulin that helps form probiotics in our colon, is high in rutin which is known to strenghten blood vessels and according to the National Cnacer Institute, it is one of the highest tested foods containing glutathione, one of the body's strongest cancer fighters!! Enjoy this gift of Spring!!