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
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.)
|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|
|Total lipid (fat)||0 g|
|Carbohydrate, by difference||4.71 g|
|Sugars, total including NLEA||1.18 g|
|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