Our asparagus patch is producing madly: We’re eating succulent spears almost every day for breakfast and dinner. Here are 10 reasons this springtime veggie deserves our love.

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Let us count the ways:

1. It’s the first crop to push its way through the garden’s mud and mire.

asparagus1 Our first asparagus spear peeked through last week.

2. Plant it once, and it appears every year — no tilling, no fertilizing, no fuss.

3. It packs 180 percent of the FDA’s recommended daily allowance of Vitamin K, plus it’s rich in folate, manganese and Vitamins A and C.

4. It comes in lovely white, green and purple varieties.

5. It’s a perfect excuse to make homemade mayonnaise for dipping.

mayo eggs Homemade mayo starts with eggs and herbs.

6. It’s versatile:

  • Daub it with olive oil and roast it at 400 degrees for 10 minutes for a slightly smoky, slightly charred treat;
  • Blanch it for just 1 minute, then submerge in ice water. Dry it off and dip it in that mayonnaise with impunity;
  • Grill it;
  • Plop it in a saute…

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