Featured Vegetable Product: Asparagus puree
Asparagus is one of the highest natural vegetable sources for several key vitamins including A, C and B complexes, K and folates . It provides a nutritious and flavorful vegetable ingredient for a wide variety of food and beverage products. Asparagus, one of the first vegetables of Spring, is also a great source of minerals potassium, magnesium, iron, zinc and key essential amino acids. The amino acid Asparagine was derived from the name Asparagus
It is native to Europe and Asia, is part of the Lily family, and cousins to onion and garlic. Asparagus has been cultivated since early days of civilization and has been recorded in Greek and Roman texts as a highly valued food and medicine. It is low in sodium and a natural dieuretic. It also contains natural inulin for probiotic digestion health
This vegetable is also reported to provide the following health benefits:
- Helps maintain low blood pressure, and improving heart health
- Contains natural ingredients that contribute to combating inflammation
- Helps maintain improved gastrointestinal health through it's Inulin content and probiotic benefits
Encore Fruit Marketing can provide an excellent source of Asparagus puree to help consumer products deliver one of the 5 A Day vegetable servings.
Asparagus puree is carefully processed from fresh, washed asparagus to provide the essential nutrition and flavor, in a convenient, ready to use ingredient form. It is an excellent ingredient to add a vegetable serving your retail label for beverages, yogurts, nutrition bars and snacks and other processed foods.
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"Asparagus has long been recognized for its medicinal properties," wrote D. Onstad, author of Whole Foods Companion: A Guide for Adventurous Cooks, Curious Shoppers and Lovers of Natural Foods. "Asparagus contains substances that act as a diuretic, neutralize ammonia that makes us tired, and protect small blood vessels from rupturing. Its fiber content makes it a laxative too."
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