A Mediterranean staple, asparagus has been cultivated for over 2000 years. Asparagus was was in a featured recipe in Apicius's De re coquinaria(On the Subject of Cooking), the oldest book of recipes featuring traditional Roman cookery.
For its rich flavor profile and nutrient dense properties, asparagus can be added to any dish for added vitamins and minerals. Asparagus is best enjoyed in the months of February to June. Head over to the farmers market in Spring and pick up asparagus at its peak of the season. Adding bacon to asparagus embodies the Living in Italian spirit that health (and food) is about balance!
Low Sodium Bacon
Preheat oven to 400 degrees
Remove tough ends of asparagus. Wrap bacon around asparagus
Add to sheet pan and place into oven for about 20-25 minutes depending on heat of the oven and desired crispiness
Once bacon is cooked thoroughly, take out of the oven and add to a paper towel to remove excess oil for 10 minutes
Transfer to a dish or salumi board. Serve and enjoy!
Asparagus is filled with fiber, folate, B vitamins, and vitamin K. It also helps to reduce inflammation, flushes toxins from the body, boosts energy, aids digestion, good for blood and bone health, and reduces risk of chronic diseases.