Trivia: Interesting Facts
- Asparagus historically was considered an aphrodisiac, probably because of its phallic shape.
- White asparagus is regular asparagus, just covered from the sun so green chlorophyll doesn’t develop.
- Helmut Zipner peeled one full ton of asparagus in 16 hours.
- Asparagus can grow up to 10 inches in a 24-hour period.
- Did you know that asparagus is a member of the lily family?
- Besides being yummy, the asparagus plant is very long lived, lasting up to 15 years.
- The “Asparagus Capital of the World” in Schwetzingen, Germany holds its annual asparagus festival in the first week of May. The person who grows the heaviest stalk is named Spargel King or Queen. Also asparagus chefs compete to create the best recipes.
- All commercially grown asparagus must still be harvested by hand.
- It is a balanced vegetable packed with nutrients, making it a powerfood.
- Very good source of vitamin K, the B vitamin folate, vitamin C, and vitamin A.
- Filled with B vitamins (B1, B2, B3 and B6).
- Excellent source of folacin.
- Full of the minerals manganese, copper, phosphorus, potassium and selenium.
- Good source of fiber (3 grams per 5.3 oz. serving).
- Even has some protein (3 grams per 5.3 oz. serving).
- It contains no cholesterol or fat.
- Very low in sodium.
- Less than 4 calories per spear.
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