Interesting facts about asparagus
Asparagus is a sprout belonging to the lily family. It traces its origins to Asia where it was used for medicinal purposes.
When this fibrous vegetable reached the US, it became known as the food of Kings. Today, it is found in all continents but China still remains the largest producer.
Asparagus sprouts at the onset of spring, and continues to grow until it reaches about 6-8 inches long when it is ready for harvest.
Fresh asparagus has firm purple or green stalks and closed buds at the tip. The stalks should be nipped at the bottom because of the excess fiber that makes it almost inedible.
Stalks that are thicker than one-third of an inch are usually more tender and moist than thin ones.