Ah, asparagus, there are lots of reasons to love it.
This super veggie is one of the most nutritionally well-balanced vegetables. It’s high in folic acid and a good source of potassium, fiber, thiamin, and vitamins A, B6, and C and it’s low in calories and sodium. Here’s a fun fact - under ideal conditions, asparagus can grow 10 inches in a 24-hour period. Wow!
Speaking of growing, asparagus originated in the Eastern Mediterranean region over 2,000 years ago in the sandy soils along the coast. Today, China, Peru, and Mexico (in that order) are the world’s largest producers of asparagus with California, Washington, and Michigan being the largest growers in the Unites States. There are 3 common varieties of the vegetable, green (the most popular), white (has a more delicate flavor and texture), and purple (is smaller with a sweeter flavor).
If you’re not an asparagus aficionado, no worries, we can help with these 10 tips.
Here are a few easy asparagus recipes to get you started!
For more asparagus recipe ideas, visit our Produce Basics - Asparagus recipe collection at the Savory Recipe Center!