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Facts for Asparagus

Asparagus stalks are good source of folate, viatmin A, and vitamin C. In 1/2 cup serving, asparagus has the highest folate content of all vegetables.

ref: Fruits and Veggies More Matters

  • Washington State is amongst the top growers of asparagus in the United States, along with California and Michigan.

    California Asparagus Commision

  • Asparagus is a member of the lily family and is related to garlic, onions, and leeks.

    Vegetable Research and Information Center, University of California - Davis

  • It takes nearly 3 years after asparagus has been planted to reach maturity so that it can be harvested for the full season.

    California Asparagus Commission

  • Asparagus plants are very long-lived, and can last up to 15 years!

    Vegetable Research and Information Center, University of California -Davis

  • Asparagus has been cultivated all over the world for over 2,500 years.  Today, it is still widely grown and consumed in Asia, Europe, South America and North America

    California Department of Public Health. Harvest of the Month.

  • White asparagus and green asparagus come from the same plant! Exposure to sunlight turns the stalks green.  When dirt is piled on top of the plant, photosynthesis is inhibited and the stalks remain white.

    California Asparagus Commission

  • In ancient and medieval times, asparagus tips were crushed and used to treat swelling and alleviate pains due to bee stings, wounds, and infections.

    California Asparagus Commission

  • The National Cancer Institute states that asparagus the highest tested food for glutathione, one of our most potent antioxidant defenses.

    California Asparagus Commission

  • The word asparagus is derived from the Greek word aspharagos meaning “sprout” or “shoot.”

    California Department of Public Health. Harvest of the Month.

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