3 years ago

What you might not know about asparagus

Asparagus is one of our favorite green vegetables. Simple oven-roasted asparagus with a sprinkle of freshly-grated Parmesan cheese makes a wonderful side dish for any meal. 

Looking for more ways to serve asparagus? Try this
easy appetizer
, or check out these delicious
asparagus recipe ideas we’ve rounded up on Pinterest.

Asparagus is a good source of Vitamins C and K, folate and iron.  Asparagus is also naturally fat and cholesterol free and low in sodium.

Here are some other surprising facts about this nutrient-rich veggie:

  • Asparagus is a member of the lily family.
  • Asparagus spears grow from a crown that is planted about a foot deep in sandy soils.
  • Under ideal conditions, an asparagus spear can grow 10” in a 24-hour period.
  • 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.
  • After harvesting is done, the spears grow into ferns, which produce red berries and the food and nutrients necessary for a healthy and productive crop the next season.
  • An asparagus planting is usually not harvested for the first 3 years after the crowns are planted, allowing the crown to develop a strong fibrous root system.
  • A well cared for asparagus planting will generally produce for about 15 years without being replanted.
  • The larger the diameter, the better the quality!

Look for asparagus year-round in our produce department.

Source:

Michigan Asparagus Advisory Board