Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Wordless Wednesday .... "Asparagus: It's Springy Easy"

If you are new to the pantry... "Wordless Wednesday" is where we will post a picture of a food item and the first person who posts in the comments what it is and what you would cook with it, will win a prize from the Pantry... This is a bit of fun to help us all expand our food Knowledge.... Everyone is invited to play!

Jeanette (Forest Ranger) Is our Winner for can find her winning comments below.
What is it?.........................
"It's Asparagus"

Where does it grow?......... 
"on my parents farm it grew in the fence rows. LOL! It grew wherever the wind blew it."

How do you prepare it?.... 
"I like to steam it or fry it."
What does it taste like?.....  
"It tastes like asparagus. Duh! Yummy!
Have you ever tried it?......
"I eat it quite often, actually."

What recipe would you suggest using this mystery Ingredient?.....
"I love to include it in fried rice."


This Spring Veggie Is a Seasonal Delight rich in vitamins A and C, as well as potassium and zinc. One cup (6 to 8 spears) provides 67% of the nutrients you need for your heart and preventing birth defects.

Calorie count: One medium-sized asparagus spear (5 to 7 inches long) is around 4 calories, making a one-cup serving equal to just 24-33 calories.

Buying and storage tips: You can find  asparagus at local farmers' markets, grocery stores, even roadside stands—it will be younger, fresher, sweeter, and more tender than the imported stuff. When you buy, look for straight spears with crisp, tightly-closed tips. Thickness, surprisingly, is not an indication of tenderness. Thin spears may be tough, and some varieties of thick asparagus are surprisingly sweet and tender.

At home, keep refrigerated: Either upright in a container with about an inch of water or wrapped in a damp cloth or paper towel. Asparagus will keep for 2 to 3 days in the fridge but for best flavor, use it as soon as possible.


  1. It's Asparagus.

    on my parents farm it grew in the fence rows. LOL! It grew wherever the wind blew it.

    I like to steam it or fry it.

    It tastes like asparagus. Duh! Yummy!

    I eat it quite often, actually.

    I love to include it in fried rice.

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  3. Jeanette, YOU ARE TODAY'S WINNER! Thanks for playing...

  4. Way to go J!!!
    Our family LOVES asparagus! Blanched, steamed, stir fried, sauteed, broiled or grilled. It goes great with fish, pasta, eggs, (I know, Jeanette doesn't do eggs!), cheese, bread, tomatoes, etc. etc.
    So glad you won such a yummy prize!! (jealous!)
    Kudos to Annie's Pantry!! We love cooking too!