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WA Grown Food Kit For Asparagus

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

Asparagus is a member of the Lily family, and it takes nearly 3 years after asparagus has been planted to reach maturity so that it can be harvested for the full season. Once reached maturity, an asparagus spear can grow 10" in a 24-­-hour period under ideal conditions. The outdoor temperature determines how much time will be between each picking. Early in the season, there may be 4-­-5 days between pickings and as the days and nights get warmer, a particular field may have to be picked every 24 hours.

For more fun facts and nutrition information, check out the Education and Nutrition Info page, with information gathered from Fruits and Veggies More Matters and Asparagus Commissions across the States.


Washington Harvest Asparagus Poster [FREE download]

WA Harvest Asparagus PosterClick to view the full-size PDF. The poster is designed to be printed at either 11" x 17" or 2' x 3'.

Highlight Washington-grown asparagus served in your program with this beautiful poster! The poster provides nutrition facts under "THRIVE", agriculture information under "GROW", and tips for preparation, cooking, and fun facts, etc. under "TASTE". 

Special thanks to Oregon Department of Education and Oregon Department of Agriculture for sharing their poster files, from which many of the food facts were adapted, and to Sunnyside School District Nutrition Services for helping us update and add new facts for Washington State.


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