Sometimes a quick surf around foodreference.com or Wikipedia may yield the early-morning prompt I need to get a blog post going. Today I’ve been given “1981 The USDA announced that ketchup could be counted as a vegetable in the school lunch program.” By the foodreference crowd, and “Utricularia nervosa is a terrestrial carnivorous plant that belongs to the genus Utricularia (family Lentibulariaceae). It is endemic to South America where it can be found in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Paraguay, and Venezuela.” From Wikipedia.
Please, give me strength … It’s enough to make me go and join Lulubelle in bed!
… But I can’t; as will have been hinted by my absence from visiting my blog friends, I am very busy. This is the most hectic time of year as the ad agencies race to go to print before the printers close in early December. It’s also the start of silly season and people are starting to ask for quotes for catering cocktail parties and the like. I must – as they say in the pugilist world – ‘box clever’; in the freelancer’s life things are always feast or famine and I know from past experience that both my businesses will all but die between December and March. In the meantime, my family is happy to have cold suppers.
And, in case the threat of smelly urine puts you off asparagus, here’s why it’s one of the best things you can do for your body by eating more of it.
Asparagus is the leading supplier among vegetables of folic acid. A 5.3 ounce serving provides 60% of the recommended daily allowance for folacin which is necessary for blood cell formation, growth, and prevention of liver disease. Folacin has been shown to play a significant role in the prevention of neural tube defects, such as spina bifida, that cause paralysis and death in 2,500 babies each year. Its wealth of nutrients, fiber and very low sodium and calorie content make asparagus a nutritionally wise choice for today’s health-conscious consumer.
o Low in calories, only 20 per 5.3 oz. serving, less than 4 calories per spear.
o Contains no fat or cholesterol.
o Very low in sodium.
o A good source of potassium.(1)
o A source of fiber (3 grams per 5.3 oz. serving). (2)
o An excellent source of folacin. (3) o A significant source of thiamin. (4)
o A significant source of vitamin B6. (4)
o One of the richest sources of rutin, a compound which a compound which strengthens capillary walls.
o Contains glutathione (GSH). (5)
source: asparagus.org … yes, there are entire websites devoted to asparagus. Go figure …