Local Asparagus: Fun Facts & One of Our Favorite Recipes

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Fun Facts About Asparagus from Farmer Ethan:
Same family as leeks, garlic, and onions
Takes three years from seed to harvest
Plants can last up to 15 years
It’s one of the oldest crops known to mankind
Can be white, purple or green
Perennial Vegetable
If spears are not harvested, they will start to look like ferns and turn into big bushy plants

Tuscan Style Roasted Asparagus Recipe:
1 ½ pounds of Asparagus
1 ½ Cups Grape Tomatoes, Halved
3 Tablespoons of Pine Nuts
3 Tablespoons of Olive Oil, Divided
2 Garlic Cloves, Minced
1 Teaspoon of Salt
½ Teaspoon Pepper
1 Tablespoon of Lemon Juice
⅓ Cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
1 Teaspoon Grated Lemon Zest

Preheat oven to 400°. Place the asparagus, tomatoes and pine nuts on a foil-lined 15x10x1-in. baking pan.
Mix 2 tablespoons oil, garlic, salt and pepper; add to asparagus and toss to coat.
Bake 15-20 minutes or just until asparagus is tender.
Drizzle with remaining oil and the lemon juice; sprinkle with cheese and lemon aest.
Toss to combine

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