Asparagus is best from March to June. Here's what to look for, plus recipes to try!

Fights cancer and keeps you looking young: Green asparagus has more glutathione -- one of the most powerful cancer fighters -- than any other fruit or vegetable. Glutathione also helps your body absorb nutrients and slows down the aging process.

Promotes heart health: One serving provides more than half of the folic acid you need in a day. This nutrient is essential for a healthy heart, as well as preventing birth defects during pregnancy.

Curbs overeating: It's one of the most concentrated veggie sources of protein: 1 cup offers about 10 percent of your daily protein and fiber needs -- a one-two punch that helps keep you full longer, so you eat less.

Helps you stay trim: With only 5 calories a spear, zero fat and cholesterol, and almost no sodium, asparagus is a dieter's dream!

Tips for the grocery store: Choose bunches with tightly closed buds on top -- and eat them right away, because the nutrients fade fast.


White Asparagus Bread Salad

White Asparagus Bread Salad with Hollandaise

Green & White Asparagus Beef Braciole

Green & White Asparagus Beef Braciole

Green & White Asparagus Beef Braciole

Raw Asparagus Dip