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How is asparagus grown?


Asparagus

The other evening we were enjoying some delicious asparagus with dinner and realized that we had no idea how asparagus was grown? Does it hang on a bush? Grow in the ground like a potato? Nope. So we looked it up online and, not surprisingly, asparagus has its own website!

Apparently it is a member of the Lily family, with spears growing from as crown planted a foot deep in sandy soil during spring and early summer, and the spears can grow 10″ in a 24-hour period! And oddly, 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.

The site even offers some opinions about why your urine smells so funky after eating asparagus. [photo by Maria]

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