Here are three facts about asparagus that you may or may not know:
- It takes three years from seed to harvest.
- Everyone makes “asparagus pee” but not everyone can smell it.
- Chickens can help farm asparagus.
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For other asparagus facts, check out Modern Farmer’s website: http://modernfarmer.com/2014/04/10-surprising-facts-asparagus/
But for now, check out this recipe. It offers a great twist on a vegetable that may not appeal to some folks. It came from Janet’s Appalachian Kitchen:
Cheesy Baked Asparagus
1 bunch asparagus, wood ends trimmed
3 Tbsp butter, melted
1/2 tsp seasoning my house seasoning (equal parts garlic powder, onion powder and pepper – combine and store in an air tight container)
1 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese
3/4 Cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Line a baking sheet with some tinfoil. Place the asparagus on the baking sheet and drizzle the melted butter over it. Sprinkle the house seasoning and parmesan cheese over the top and place in oven for 15 minutes at 400 degrees. Remove and top with the mozzarella cheese and a little sprinkling of Italian seasoning. Return to the oven for an additional 5-7 minutes to melt the cheese and let it begin to brown.
I had asparagus at home but didn’t want to make a special trip to the store for the other ingredients. I used my favorite garlic and herb seasoning and had shredded cheddar cheese in the refrigerator. Use your imagination!