Join us on this weeks episode of Ballgowns and Booze as Natalie and Elouise cook a delicious Shrimp Asparagus Stir Fry and pair this with Verwood’s Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir. Natalie particularly enjoyed this food wine pairing as she mentions it changes the primary flavours of the wine, making it less bitter at the end.
Probably native to the Mediterranean basin, asparagus is first consumed – most often in the wild – among the Egyptians and the Greeks. In ancient Greece, asparagus was believed to be a plant with sacred and aphrodisiac properties. As a result, the Greeks became interested in their biological and pharmacological qualities.
Hippocrates, a physician in ancient Greece, used asparagus to treat diarrhoea and pain in the urethra. This plant indeed contains asparagine recognized for its diuretic qualities. The Romans, for their part, rather appreciated its gastronomic attractions.
They enjoyed it as an appetizer or as a side dish with fish dishes. The asparagus then fell into oblivion in the Middle Ages