How is asparagus grown?


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]


One Response to “How is asparagus grown?”

  1. Posted on May 30th, 2007

    It has been proposed that only some people produce stinky pee after eating asparagus, but a study in the 80s proved that we all produce stinky pee. The difference is that some people are not able to smell the stinky pee.

    I wonder who volunteered to be a part of the experiment to smell other peoples’ pee…

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