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]


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