The 24th of May is National Asparagus Day, and we are eager to eat! The production of asparagus in the United States is centralised in California, Michigan, and Washington, and it is at its peak in the spring, making it the ideal vegetable for cookouts. This versatile vegetable can be pan-seared, sautéed, baked, or grilled, and it is loaded with vitamins A, C, and E, fibre, and folate.
The background of National Asparagus Day
Asparagus is a very old vegetable. Ancient Greeks and Romans utilised it as an offering as early as 3000 B.C. They utilised the Persian term ‘asparag,’ which denoted a branch or sprout. The term’sperage’ became popular for many years, and by the 16th century,’sparagus’ was being used in English-speaking nations. Farmers referred to it as’sparrow vegetation.’
European settlers introduced asparagus to North America as early as 1655. Adriaen van der Donck, a Dutch immigrant to New Netherland, mentions asparagus in his description of Dutch agricultural practises in the New World. This plant was also cultivated by British immigrants. In 1685, William Penn’s advertisement for Pennsylvania included asparagus on a list of commodities that thrived in the American climate.
At present, California, Michigan, and Washington account for the majority of asparagus production in the United States. The national average asparagus yield in 2019 was approximately 4,076 pounds per acre, and total asparagus production was 84,39 million pounds.
From seed to harvest, asparagus can take up to three years, but the plants will generate spears for decades, making it an excellent crop. However, it is extremely labor-intensive, as each spear is hand-picked by farmworkers. They meticulously excavate each projectile to a depth of nine inches and trim its base. That is a tremendous amount of effort!
Once considered a sacrifice to the gods, asparagus is still celebrated today. Oceana County, Michigan, held its 46th annual National Asparagus Festival in 2019. Asparagus is somewhat significant.
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NATIONAL ASPARAGUS DAY ACTIVITIES
Attend a celebration
Share your passion for asparagus with other enthusiasts at a festival. You can either visit Hart, Michigan, or the United Kingdom.
Visit a farm
Visit a farm to get your hands soiled and obtain extremely fresh asparagus. There are pick-your-own ranches throughout the United States.
Try a novel dish
Trying a novel recipe is always a great way to celebrate, so why not? You can bake asparagus in a buttery sheet pan or add it to a frittata; whatever your heart desires.
5 Asparagus Facts That Will Blow Your Mind
It was used by the ancient Greeks and Romans as an offering to the gods.
Three years are required from germination to harvest.
Ancient cultivators utilised rock salt as an alternative to chemical herbicides for controlling weed growth.
The minerals and amino acids it contains protect the liver from pollutants, and the enzymes aid in alcohol breakdown and reduce hangover symptoms.
At the European Asparagus Museum in Bavaria, Germany, you will learn everything and anything you ever wished to know about asparagus.
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