Fresh asparagus is a joy of spring

Spring is my preferred time of year — the environment turns from grey and brown to myriad colors, temperatures heat (but not also considerably), and some of my favourite greens, rhubarb, spring peas and asparagus, reappear to brighten our menus.

This healthier version of Cream of Asparagus Soup is thickened with potatoes and leeks and uses Greek yogurt instead of cream. It can be topped with Roasted Chickpea Croutons, bacon, more yogurt and/or pieces of asparagus.

Asparagus is a perennial vegetable that has been developed for extra than 2,500 a long time. It necessitates a number of a long time of cultivation before you can start out buying it, but then it could make for up to 20 decades. In Indiana spears start to emerge the moment soil temperature reaches 50 degrees and the harvest continues into June. Many thanks to industrial cultivation in China, Germany, Peru and Mexico, you can get asparagus yr spherical, but in the spring — fresh from a regional garden, sweet and crisp nonetheless tender — is when it really shines.