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Asparagus – a low-calorie treat

Asparagus fans take note: you can find delicious native asparagus until Midsummer’s Day on 24th June. The season then ends so that the asparagus plants can recover before the next frost. So get hold of some of this culinary treat! This regal vegetable not only tastes delicious but is also low in calories. When bought and prepared properly asparagus develops its full flavour.

Fresh Asparagus

Asparagus – a delicious vegetable

Anyone who likes asparagus can eat it with a clear conscience. One portion (250g) of this delicious vegetable has only 45 kcal. Given this, you can happily eat double the amount. Low-calorie asparagus is therefore just the thing if you’re looking to lose weight healthily. It contains lots of vitamin C, potassium, as well as other vitamins and minerals. Vitamin C is primarily important for strengthening the immune system and potassium is essential for maintaining a balance of water and minerals.

Fresh asparagus is firm and aromatic

Only fresh asparagus really tastes good. So, when buying white asparagus, be sure to choose tips with firmly closed heads. You can recognise fresh asparagus – of all varieties – by the following:

  • The cut surfaces are moist and shiny.
  • The stems are firm and will not bend.
  • The asparagus smells pleasant and not acidic.
  • Fresh stems will squeak when rubbed together.

Asparagus low fat

How to store asparagus correctly

If you don’t want to prepare the asparagus straightaway you can store it for two to three days in the vegetable drawer of the fridge. It should be left unpeeled and wrapped in a damp cloth. Asparagus can also be stored in the freezer. To do this, wash and peel the stems, removing any woody ends, and place into freezer bags, in separate portions. Asparagus will keep for around six months in a chest freezer. Tip: the frozen stems can be placed directly into boiling water and cooked. The cooking time needs to be increased by around 5 to 8 minutes over and above how long fresh asparagus would need.

Tips for bringing out the delicate flavour of asparagus

When prepared properly asparagus develops its full aroma and tastes especially delicate. The tips given in the table will show you how to get the best from asparagus.  

Washing and peeling
  • Wash the stems clean of any dirt under running water
  • Peel white asparagus from the tip to the foot with an asparagus peeler; with green asparagus only peel the bottom third
  • Cut off the woody end at the bottom
Cooking properly
  • Cook stems upright in specially-designed, tall asparagus pans, using only a little water
  • Alternatively, tie the stems in a bundle with kitchen string and cook lying down in a little water
  • Add a pinch of salt to the cooking water
  • Adding sugar to the water reduces any potential bitterness
  • Cooking time: 10 to 25 minutes depending on the thickness of the stems

Cooked Asparagus dish Raw or cooked, in a salad, soup or ragout – asparagus can be prepared in a wide variety of different ways. If you want a lower calorie version of the classic Hollandaise sauce, why not try the following quick to prepare, low-calorie sauces: MAGGI Meisterklasse Hollandaise „fettarm“  or THOMY Les Sauces Hollandaise légère, a pre-prepared sauce.   Green asparagus Unlike with white asparagus, green asparagus is not blanched as soon as the heads push through the earth. It is grown above ground, in the sun. This promotes the formation of valuable nutrients, turns it green and gives it a spicy flavour. Asparagus tastes particularly delicious when combined with low-calorie potatoes, delicious cooked ham or a low-fat schnitzel. You can also whip up delicious and figure-friendly asparagus dishes by serving it with other vegetables, beef fillet, fish or rice. Find recipe ideas at http://www.maggi.de Simply type in “asparagus”. This will bring up recipes for especially delicate asparagus dishes.