Asparagus is coming into season.
Did you know that asparagus is a perennial plant meaning that it lives for many years and comes alive every spring out of its dormancy? On March 30th we renovated the asparagus patch by chopping up the old ferns to get ready for the new crop which will emerge from the soil very shortly. The asparagus should be ready for harvest by our opening day May 1st. We will harvest every day for 60 days and then the asparagus will be allowed to grow into a large plant and go into dormancy once again. Asparagus can grow up to 6 inches per day on a warm day.
Health Benefits of Asparagus:
- Excellent source of vitamin B6, calcium, zinc and magnesium
- Contains high levels of beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, thiamin, riboflavin, rutin, niacin, folic acid, iron, phosphorus, copper, potassium, selenium and manganese.
- Very rich in dietary fiber.
Asparagus Fun Facts
- Roman emperors had special “asparagus fleets” to gather only the best quality asparagus and bring it back to them.
- Contains NO fat or cholesterol.
- It generally takes 3 years from the initial crown planting before a grower can harvest the crop. Asparagus beds however generally produce for 15-20 years on the original planting, eliminating the need to replant each season.
- Who’d of thought, but there is a museum dedicated solely to asparagus called The European Asparagus Museum located in Schrobenhausen, Bavaria, Germany. The museum is dedicated to all things asparagus, from its history to its botany and cultivation.
- Under ideal conditions, a spear can grow 10″ in a 24-hour period.
- 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 larger the diameter, the better the quality!