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Sure Sign of Spring: Asparagus

Bundles and bundles of beautiful, green asparagus ... Spring is upon us! The green spears of this delicious vegetable are tender and tasty, and they come with the start of spring when they break through the soil and reach their desired length of 6-8 inches, and they are generally considered in season from March through May.

Asparagus has been considered an epicurean delight since ancient times and comes in many varieties. The green kind is the most common, but they also come in white (grown underground) and, less commonly, purple. But what's most important to know about asparagus is its health benefits.

Asparagus is packed with nutrients, antioxidants, and provides digestive support. And if that doesn't make you want to pick up these green spears today, consider how delicious it is! Here are some tasty ways to consume asparagus:

- Add cold asparagus to your salads.

- Toss cooked asparagus with your favorite pasta dish.

- Roast asparagus with olive oil, salt and pepper, as you would other vegetables, as a side dish.

- Make a Teriyaki Salmon dish with chopped asparagus - lightly sautee salmon with bell peppers, red onion, snap peas, and crunchy asparagus in a teriyaki sauce.

Stop into the store and grab some today, or see what dazzling dish chef Leslie has come up with for this delectable spring vegetable!

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