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Bethany Bachmann
County Engagement Specialist


This handout provides information regarding asparagus in your diet.


  • Description
  • Selecting
  • Storing
  • Preparing
  • Recipe


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Asparagus is in season during the spring months in Missouri. It can also be found in the grocery store year-round. Asparagus is high in folic acid and is a good source of potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B-6 and thiamin. These vitamins and minerals work to maintain healthy body tissues and aid in the healing process. They also may reduce the risk of certain forms of cancer and heart disease. Folic acid also helps in the prevention of neural tube defects.

Choose asparagus stalks that are firm with tips that are tightly closed. Select stalks that are similar in size for a less fibrous texture.

Wrap asparagus spears in a damp paper towel and store them in the refrigerator. Spears can also be stored upright in a glass or similar container with 1 inch of water in the bottom.

Gently wash spears under cool, running water and trim off woody ends. Asparagus can be prepared in a variety of ways including steamed, sautéed, roasted, or grilled.

Recipe of the Month
Roasted Parmesan Asparagus


  • 1 bundle of asparagus
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ cup parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper as desired
  • Red pepper flake, optional



  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Wash asparagus. Cut 1 inch off the end of each spear and pat dry.
  3. Toss asparagus in olive oil and seasonings.
  4. Place asparagus in a single layer on a sheet pan.
  5. Roast for 12-15 minutes (9-10 minutes if thin spears).
  6. Remove from the oven and add cheese. Return to oven for an additional 2-3 minutes.
  7. Serve immediately.