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Facts about Asparagus

  • 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.
  • Each crown will send spears up for about 6-7 weeks during the spring
    and early summer.
  • 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!
  • Asparagus is a nutrient-dense food which in high in Folic Acid and is
    a good source of potassium, fiber, vitamin B6, vitamins A and C, and
    thiamin.
  • Asparagus has No Fat, contains No Cholesterol and is low in Sodium.

    Read more about asparagus here:
    http://www.asparagus.org/

  • Stalking Fresh Asparagus: to peel or not to peel, that is the question.
    When it comes to fresh
    asparagus, you may think peeled
    asparagus is a tedious affectation. But consider the benefits.
    Without that fibrous exterior you can enjoy each spear to its
    tender base.
  • Here's how to do it with the least fuss: first, snap off and
    discard the tough ends of the asparagus. Then, holding the spear near the tip,
    peel away scales and the thin outer skin. An ordinary vegetable peeler
    works best, and one glide per cut will do; there's no need to whittle away at
    the stalk.
  • Peeling goes faster than you think, especially if you look for the
    fattest asparagus when you shop.

 

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