Parmesan Roasted Asparagus spears are well seasoned and easy to make with simple ingredients. This savory side dish pairs well with Pan Seared T-Bone Steak and a variety of other mains.
Asparagus is a green vegetable that comes from the Asparagaceae family. This vegetable is known for its slender spears which are
Fascinating Asparagus Facts
Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis) is a member of the Lily family and is related to onions and garlic. The asparagus spears grow from a crown planted about a foot deep in sandy soils.
California grows more than 50,000 tons of asparagus each year and that’s about 70% of all the asparagus grown in the United States.
According to the USDA, about 29,200 acres of asparagus were harvested in the United States in 2009.
The small scales on the tips of asparagus spears are actually leaves.
Greener (or whiter) asparagus is more tender than thin spears.
All commercially grown asparagus is harvested by hand and not with special machinery.
There are more than 200 species within that plant family. Some species are grown as ornamental plants and others are used by florists in arrangements and corsages. The popular species found in grocery stores and farmers markets is garden asparagus, or Asparagus officinalis.
Wash asparagus spears (and all vegetables) in warm salty water and rinse in clear/warm water before cooking. This simple step removes bacteria, dirt and pesticide. I always wash my vegetables before cooking or roasting!Read more helpful tips on fda.gov.