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5 Things About Asparagus

Spring has sprung, and with it come delicious vegetables that cost less in-season. Asparagus is one of these farm-stand deals that's versatile and nutritious — I like to roast or steam it as a dinner side, cut it up for salads, and use it for crudités platter. Learn more about the green spears sold in bundles by checking out these five things.

  1. Edible asparagus comes in three colors: green, white (milder flavor), and purple (fruitier flavor). Take advantage of the variety for a gorgeous medley.
  2. The vegetable is an excellent source for several nutrients, including but not limited to vitamins K, C, A, folate, and potassium.
  3. Because it contains high levels of folate (the naturally occurring folic acid), asparagus promotes a healthy cardiovascular system. Just one serving provides nearly 66 percent of the daily recommended intake of folate.

To see two more things about asparagus,


  1. As a natural diuretic, asparagus has been consumed for inflammation-related issues such as menstrual bloating and arthritis.
  2. Eating asparagus causes funny smelling urine for some people, which is a harmless effect of the body digesting the vegetable's sulfur compound.


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98769876 98769876 8 years
We eat it all the time. I roast it w/ olive oil. Delish.
LittleMzFit LittleMzFit 8 years
I don't care if anything smells funny & I don't want GMO asparagus, thank you.
LittleMzFit LittleMzFit 8 years
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i'm soooo happy that it's in season now. i've been eating more of it for the past 2 weeks and couldn't be happier! last night my fiance was joking that his pee smelled funky and i had to laugh cause that's what everyone says .
Spectra Spectra 8 years
Geez, who CARES if your pee smells weird after you eat it? Don't you just flush it down the toilet anyway? Your poo smells ten times worse and no one really complains about that, so deal with it. I love fresh asparagus, but I've never tried the purple kind. I'll have to look for it in the farmer's market this spring.
oostarbubblesoo oostarbubblesoo 8 years
i love canned asparagus! which kind of defeats many of these health benefits.
Little-Miss-Jay Little-Miss-Jay 8 years
Mmmm asparagus. Personally I like to cut mine up and use it in an asparagus and spinach quiche.
miss-malone miss-malone 8 years
I avoid it because of #5. That would be great though, superfoximi :P
TammyO TammyO 8 years
Wow this is weird! I just had asparagus last night for the first time in a long time. I always remembered hating it but it was cooked just right and I ended up loving it. Stinky pee though.
amandaaa amandaaa 8 years
haha pioneers :) i like asparagus but i hate how it makes my pee smell weird
pioneers pioneers 8 years
I think you left out a crucial 6th thing: 6. It's gross. :)
jessicaeden jessicaeden 8 years
I loooooove asparagus!!
superfoxml superfoxml 8 years
I think some agricultural genius needs to genetically modify asparagus and create a variety that won't give you smelly pee! That would sell really well.
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