Description

Description

Asparagus

Produce Tips

  • Citrus fruit is not the only thing we should be eating during those cold winter months! Asparagus is a good source of vitamin C, an antioxidant that assists in immune function.
  • What’s not in asparagus is just as important as what is. You won’t find fat, saturated fat, sodium or cholesterol in any stalk of asparagus.
  • Asparagus is one of the best food sources of folate.  Folate is an essential nutrient for pregnant women – it lessens the risk of the baby developing neurological birth disorders.
  • Did you ever wonder about a strange odor that can be found in urine after consuming asparagus? It’s completely natural and is caused by the breakdown of asparagusic acid into sulfur-containing compounds.
  • It takes an asparagus plant three years after it is planted to produce edible spears, but the plant will generally continue to produce edible spears for 15 years.
     

Selecting Tips

  • Be sure to pick odorless stalks with dry, tight tips. Avoid limp or wilted stalks.

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