Because as quickly as the bright golden-yellow flowers explode on the giant Angsana trees around the island, they have already fallen, transforming paths and streets into yellow brick roads. But not all signs of spring in Penang – an island where time stands still under a year-round blazing sun – are as unmistakable and striking. A walk through the Botanic Gardens reveals the subtlety of a tropical spring with a hint of fresher, more fragrant air. And a morning stroll through the market with the appearance of Penang durian at the fruit stalls, and tender asparagus I can’t resist bringing back to my kitchen.
High in fiber, and rich in folacin – a vitamin necessary for blood cell formation and growth, and prevention of liver disease – asparagus are more than just a seasonal vegetable. These green shoots are incredibly healthy, and found in cuisines around the world because of their versatility to match with a wide variety of spices & herbs.