Growing Organic Asparagus - Asparagus with Almonds Recipe
Amazing Asparagus Factoids
Asparagus historically was classified a member of the lily family, along with onions and garlic. It now has its own family classification. The native areas for growing asparagus are in Spain, Great Britain, Ireland, and Germany. If you're concerned about your health, growing asparagus is a great low-calorie source of folate and potassium. Peru loves growing asparagus; it lead the world in asparagus exports. The United States also loves eating asparagus; it was the leading importer as of 2004.
Asparagus loves sunlight, but can survive some shade. It should have at least 8 hours a day of sunlight. Asparagus also likes cool weather the best. It will tend to bolt (go to seed) if it gets too warm too quickly in the spring. The ideal growing temperature for growing asparagus is 60° to 65°F. As asparagus doesn't mind competing with weeds and grasses (which also help keep the soil cool), planting it along a fence line or on an edge of your garden works well. Asparagus is not a swamp grass, so it likes well-drained soil when possible. In our area our soil is a little heavier, but has a lot of small rocks, so the soil drains well and is ideal for growing asparagus. Planting asparagus around the edge of a garden or lining a fence is the perfect place for them in order to receive a good amount of sunlight without disturbing any other landscaping possibilities in your garden.
1 Put enough water in the bottom of a large pot or kettle to cover the asparagus. Bring water to a boil. Add the asparagus and cook until it is tender, about 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat. Drain the hot water and rinse with cold water. Drain again. Set aside.
2 Melt the butter over medium heat in a large skillet. Add almonds. Cook until they begin to brown. Add the asparagus. Stir to heat. Add lemon juice and pepper. Toss lightly.