Asparagus: The simply elegant springtime vegetable

April 07, 1999

Asparagusphoto courtesy of Washington Asparagus Commission

As the air loses it's chill and days grow longer, it's a sure sign that spring is upon us.

With the warming weather comes a change in attitude that inevitably spills over to the kitchen. The prospect of fresh spring vegetables is enough to make mouths water.

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Fresh asparagus is available in abundance through April, May and the early part of June.

Because the harvest season for asparagus is brief, take advantage of the fresh crop while you can.

For inspiration, these recipe suggestions make quick and easy dishes that will leave your guests want-ing more.

Delicious taste and easy preparation aren't the only benefits of asparagus. With no fat, cholesterol or sodium, it's good for you as well.


The vegetable is a good source of vitamin C. And, asparagus contains Folate, or folic acid, which may reduce the risk of heart disease and some types of cancer.

Turkey Asparagus Roll-Ups

  • 4 8- to 12-ounce turkey breast fillets
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon-style mustard
  • 12 to 16 small asparagus, cleaned and trimmed
  • 1/2 cup shredded low-fat mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons each minced parsley and shallots
  • seasoned salt, to taste
  • ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine

Gently pound turkey to length of asparagus spears; spread each slice with 1/2 teaspoon mustard. Place 3 to 4 asparagus toward one end of long side of turkey fillet. Sprinkle each with 2 tablespoons cheese and 1 1/2 teaspoons each parsley and shallots; sprinkle with seasoned salt and pepper. Roll up turkey to enclose asparagus. Fasten with skewers or toothpicks. Brown turkey rolls in oil in oven-proof skillet; pour wine over turkey and sprinkle with seasoned salt and pepper. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until turkey is cooked but not dry. If desired, add 2 tablespoons water to pan drippings, heat and serve over turkey rolls. Serves 4.

Serve with cooked rice or pasta.


For information about asparagus, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Washington Asparagus Commission, in care of Publicis, 190 Queen Anne Avenue N., Seattle, Wash., 98109.

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