Asparagus is growing in popularity and is considered to be one of the delicacies of the vegetable world, it also holds many health and nutritional benefits. Grown in the light loam soil of Strathmore, our asparagus is harvested by hand during May and June.
Asparagus can be boiled (for 5–8 minutes) or steamed (4–5 minutes, depending on size), sprinkled with sea salt, brushed with oil and roasted (for 15 minutes) or grilled (5 minutes).
Heart health: Asparagus is extremely high in B vitamins and vitamin K, which help regulate important bodily systems. It also has a high fibre content and has excellent anti-inflammatory effects, all of which help reduce the risk of heart disease.
Lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes: The risk of type 2 diabetes is heightened in those with inflammation and oxidative stress. Due to asparagus’ anti inflammatory properties and high levels of antioxidants, it is beneficial in protecting against this.
Anti-aging benefits: The folate that asparagus provides works with B12 to prevent cognitive decline.
Cleansing and kidney stone prevention: Asparagus acts as a natural diuretic, which can help rid the body of excess salt and fluid.
SEAKALE (WHOLESALE ONLY)
Less widely known, seakale grows naturally around the coasts of Europe and has risen in popularity more recently, finding its way onto restaurant menus and into many home kitchens. Its advocates include top chefs such as Tom Kitchin and Raymond Blanc.
Seakale is best eaten as soon as possible after harvesting. The sprouts can be prepared in the same way as asparagus, by blanching in boiling water, and are delicious served with a light vinaigrette. Seakale can also be eaten raw as a side dish and the leaves are ideal for adding to a salad.
Digestive health: Sea kale contains a high content of dietary fibre.
Immune system: Seakale contains a high level of vitamin C, acting as a defence against many forms of illness.
Hormone regulation: Seakale contains iodine which helps the endocrine system and boost the metabolism, reducing the risk of excess weight gain, fatigue and systemic malfunction.
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