This beautiful dish came about when a recent mineral test of mine showed a deficiency in rubidium.  Rubidium is an important trace mineral that helps prevent blood sugar dysregulation which can lead to diabetes.  It also helps the body maintain hormonal balance, regulate and absorb iron, and control depression.  Rubidium is a good thing!  We only need a very small amount, and finding it in foods is nearly impossible.  There is no supplementation with rubidium, so the plant, tarragon, is the best source.  I grow it in my herb garden now, and dry it for use over the winter.  But it is easily found in the spice section of your grocery store.   A teaspoon a day, sprinkled on food, pastas or salads is all you need.

Garlic is also an important addition to this dish as it totes many potent medicinal properties, especially known for its effect on the immune system, bacterial diseases (including parasites), and it’s anti-tumor compounds.  Use LOTS of garlic, if you enjoy it!

And of course, asparagus is rich in vitamins and minerals, and many potent antioxidants that helps reduce inflammation and oxidative stress by combatting free radicals.  Asparagus has the highest level of the master antioxidant glutathione also.   To learn more about the health benefits of asparagus, go here:



1 bunch asparagus spears, trimmed of tough ends (last 2-3 inches)

2-3 tsp. butter

2-3 garlic cloves

2 tbsp. fresh tarragon, or 1 tsp. dried



Place trimmed asparagus spears in steamer basket.  Steam for several minutes (2-3 minutes) until slightly tender, but still crisp.  Remove from steamer.  Do not overcook.

In frying pan, melt butter.  Add crushed garlic cloves and sauté 1-2 minutes, until browned.

Add asparagus and warm for minute mixing with butter and garlic.  Add tarragon.  Mix well.

Serve with slice of lemon and salt/pepper.