Michigan Asparagus

Michigan’s asparagus season is right around the corner, so you will be able to enjoy that outstanding flavor here shortly! Asparagus is a low-calorie vegetable with no fat, no cholesterol, and very little sodium. Roughly 120 Michigan farmers gather nearly 20 million pounds of asparagus during the 6-7 week harvest. The season begins in early May and ends in mid-to-late June.  Oceana County is known as “The Asparagus Capital of the Nation”. Oceana County is also home to two-thirds of the state’s asparagus production each year due to the area’s ideal climate and sandy soil that allows the crop to grow in a healthy way.  Visit http://www.nationalasparagusfestival.org to stay up to date with the Oceana County Asparagus information!  Do you have a favorite Michigan asparagus recipe?  Posted below is one I’m going to try as soon as the season starts:


Orange and Asparagus Salad

Makes 6 servings 

Ingredients: 

2 cups cut-up fresh or frozen Michigan Asparagus 
1 (6oz.) bag spring or European lettuce mix 
1 (11oz.) can mandarin orange sections, well drained 
1/3 cup thinly sliced red onion
1/4 cup honey roasted cashews
1/2 cup raspberry vinaigrette dressing 

Steps: 

  1. Steam or microwave Michigan Asparagus until tender-crisp. 
  2. Drain and let cool. 
  3. Combine cooked asparagus, lettuce, oranges, onion, and cashews. 
  4. Pour dressing over all. 
  5. Toss evenly to coat and serve immediately
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