The beginning of spring also marks the start of the asparagus season. If you’ve spent time in Northwest Istria during this season, you’ve probably encountered local gourmet specialties made from this highly nutritious and healthy plant.
The Benefits of Asparagus Picking
Have you ever wondered how asparagus is picked? Where it grows? The asparagus is a wild plant that grows in the wider Istrian region and is picked from the middle of March all the way through to the end of April. If you happen to go picking asparagus, you can count on going for a long walk in fresh air but you’ll also need a lot of patience and good eyesight. The asparagus is not always easy to notice, so dedication is required. The time spent outdoors, in the clean Istrian air, will certainly boost your enthusiasm. Even if you aren’t too successful in picking asparagus, you’ll return home reinvigorated because time spent in nature and on long walks with your friends will be relaxing, restful and entertaining.
The Benefits of Eating Asparagus
Asparagus is very valued for its high nutritional value. This bitter-tasting plant will reward you with tasty dishes rich in vitamins and minerals your body cannot create on its own. It contains high amounts of potassium, phosphorus, calcium and magnesium, as well as iron, copper, zinc, fluorine and iodine, all necessary for the proper functioning of organism. Asparagus is also rich in folic acid and vitamin C, which are valued for their role in detoxification and have also been known to help with chronic fatigue. Because asparagus is low in calories and rich in nutritional value, it is an excellent addition to any diet plan. Its high vitamin E content has made it famous as an aphrodisiac. All this makes asparagus not just food, but also a keeper of your health and a natural remedy.
The Days of Istrian Asparagus
If you want to experience all the joy of picking and eating asparagus, come to Istria! Every year restaurants in Umag, Novigrad, Buje and Brtonigla take part in the Days of Istrian Asparagus, an event in which special menus with a rich offer of dishes and natural delicacies are created. This year – from March 23rd to May 15th – you can enjoy the scents, colours and taste of Istrian asparagus joined with local Istrian foodstuffs and a glass of superb Istrian wine.