The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving. As we research for our daily content on food trucks, food carts and street food, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know.

We have decided when these fun facts pop up, that we would share them with our readers in our section titled “Did You Know?”

For today’s Did You Know we will look at Asparagus Fun Facts.

Asparagus Fun Facts: The name asparagus comes from the Greek language and means “sprout” or “shoot.”

  • Asparagus is a member of the Lily family.
  • Asparagus is related to onions, leeks, and garlic.
  • It’s said that Queen Nefertiti proclaimed asparagus to be the food of the Gods.
  • Research suggests eating asparagus can help ease hangovers and protect liver cells against alcohol’s toxins
  • It takes asparagus three years from seed to harvest.
  • Oceana County, Michigan is the self-proclaimed asparagus capital of the world.
  • One of the most popular varieties of green asparagus is named after Martha Washington, the wife of George Washington.
  • California grows about 70% of all the asparagus grown in the United States.
  • More than 50,000 tons of asparagus are grown in California every year.
  • White asparagus comes from the same plant as green asparagus, but it is grown underground to block sunlight and prevent photosynthesis, thus inhibiting production of chlorophyll.
  • Asparagus historically was heralded as an aphrodisiac, probably because of its shape.

Asparagus Fun Facts We May Have Missed

Let us know about any Asparagus Fun Facts we missed. We always love to add to these lists. If we can verify that the facts is just that, a fact, we will give the reader credit in the article.

Reference: Wikipedia facts about Asparagus.

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