Asparagus

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Asparagus is the edible young shoots of the asparagus plant whose succulent young shoots are cooked and eaten as a vegetable.

Steam boiling asparagus
Steam boiling asparagus

Asparagus history

Asparagus originated 2500 years ago in Greece.

  • The name asparagus is a Greek word meaning stalk or shoot.
  • Greeks and Romans believed asparagus had medicinal powers that could cure toothaches and prevent bee stings.

Gallery of Asparagus

Types of Asparagus

  • Asparagus can be green, white or purple in color. (Green asparagus is the most common variety in the U.S.)

Cultivation of Asparagus

  • Asparagus is a spring vegetable and the its peak season is April and May.
  • It takes three years before asparagus can be cultivated or picked for eating.
  • Asparagus grows best in sandy, well-drained soil.
  • The asparagus root is called the crown.

Keto friendliness of asparagus

Asparagus is considered relatively low carbohydrate and keto friendly with net carbs of about 4.7.

Ketometer three - have sparingly
Ketometer three - have sparingly

Facts about Asparagus

  • Asparagus will produce several times during the season. (Early in the season you may need to cut the asparagus every 4 to 5 days. As the days get warmer, asparagus may need to be picked every 24 hours!)
  • Asparagus is picked when it is 8 to 10 inches in height and when done producing, the spears grow into feathery ferns.
  • Once asparagus is planted it will continue to reproduce for about 15 years without the need for replanting.

Recipes of Asparagus

Nutritional information about Asparagus

  • Asparagus is a good source of potassium, folacin, and vitamins A and C.
  • Asparagus can be cooked in many ways --- roasted, grilled, steamed, boiled or fried.
  • It can be eaten raw, but most prefer it cooked.
  • Did you know asparagus will make your pee smell funny? (As asparagus is digested the amino acids breakdown producing a sulfur containing product that causes the unusual smell.)
ASPARAGUS
Portion 100 g
Fiber, total dietary 2.4 g
Calcium, Ca 24 mg
Iron, Fe 0.85 mg
Vitamin A, IU 882 IU
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid 24.7 mg
Protein 1.18 g
Total lipid (fat) 0 g
Carbohydrate, by difference 4.71 g
Energy 29 kcal
Sugars, total including NLEA 1.18 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium, Na 0 mg
Fatty acids, total saturated 0 g

Nutritional information on Asparagus

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NB:Carbohydrate, by difference(total carbs-fiber) is also called net carbs

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