Asparagus

Fun Facts

  • Asparagus cooks fast — Roman Emperor Augustus coined the phrase “velocius quam aspargi coquantur” which means “faster than you can cook asparagus.” Over the years, this has been shortened to “in a flash.”
  • Per one-half cup serving, asparagus has the highest content of folate of any vegetable.
  • Ancient and medieval medicinal practices used crushed asparagus tips to reduce swelling and alleviate pains associated with bee stings, wounds and infections.
  • In proper conditions, asparagus can grow as much as one inch per hour — up to 12 inches in one day.

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