Asparagus has been cultivated for more than 2,000 years and is native to the Mediterranean area of southern Europe. In the 1850s, Asparagus was brought to northern California and planted around Stockton.
The name, asparagus, comes from the Greek language and means “sprout” or “shoot.”
Asparagus is related to onions, leeks, and garlic.
California grows about 70% of all the asparagus grown in the United States (more than 30,000 acres and 50,000 tons).
Asparagus is available in green and white varieties.
Asparagus is a member of the Lily family.
California, February, March, April, May, June
Who Grows It
Serving Size: 1/2 cup
|Amount Per Serving|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat: 0.08g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate: 2.6g||0.87%|
|Dietary Fiber: 1.4||0%|
|Vitamin A 10.14%||Vitamin C 6.33%|
|Calcium 1.6%||Iron 7.94%|
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Source: USDA National Nutrient Database