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  Asparagus - Watch Your Garden Grow - University of Illinois Extension
Asparagus is one of the first vegetables ready to harvest in the spring.
Asparagus is native to the Mediterranean and was eaten by the ancient Greeks.
Asparagus is low in calories and provides substantial amounts of two antioxidants—vitamin A and C. It truly shines as a source of folate and has a goodly amount of fiber.
www.urbanext.uiuc.edu /veggies/asparagus1.html   (2066 words)

  
  Asparagus - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Asparagus is a type of vegetable obtained from one species within the genus Asparagus, specifically the young shoots of Asparagus officinalis.
Fastidious cooks scrape asparagus stalks with a vegetable peeler, stroking away from the head, and refresh them in ice-cold water before steaming them; the peel is often added back to the cooking water and removed only after the asparagus is done, this is supposed to prevent diluting the flavor.
Asparagus is one of few foods which is considered acceptable to eat with the hands in polite company, although this is more common in Europe.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Asparagus   (1031 words)

  
 Michigan Asparagus Advisory Board
Asparagus does not have to be peeled but some people prefer it that way.
To steam asparagus in an upright position, fasten the stalks into a bundle using a band of foil or string.
Asparagus can be harvested in its third year, and reaches its prime after 6-8 years, when it can yield as much as one to two tons per acre when grown commercially.
www.asparagus.org /maab/faq.html   (981 words)

  
 Cookbook:Asparagus - Wikibooks, collection of open-content textbooks
Asparagus is very long and narrow, and it is traditionally cooked in an 'asparagus steamer.' This is a very tall narrow pot with about an inch of boiling water in the bottom.
The asparagus is tied in a bundle and stood upright in the steamer for about five minutes so that the toughest end gets the most cooking and the tips are just barely steamed.
Asparagus is very good in stir-fries, where it is usually cut into lengths of about an inch and added at the last minute before serving.
en.wikibooks.org /wiki/Cookbook:Asparagus   (637 words)

  
 Asparagus (genus) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Asparagus is the name of a genus of plants, a member of the family Asparagaceae (formerly placed in the Liliaceae).
Asparagus setaceus (= Protasparagus setaceus) - Fern Asparagus, Lace Fern
Botrytis blight, caused by the fungus Botrytis cinerea.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Asparagus_(genus)   (488 words)

  
 Asparagus
Asparagus spears grow extremely fast and are highly sensitive to mechanical injury from cultivation, insect feeding or wind- blown soil particles.
Asparagus is more salt tolerant than most vegetable plants, so salt may be used around the growing plants for weed control.
Asparagus is usually the first fresh growth of the garden every spring BUT the first spears (sprouts) we harvest are always tough.
aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu /plantanswers/vegetables/asparagu.html   (1231 words)

  
 Asparagus, Commercial Vegetable Production Guides, North Willamette Research and Extension Center   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Asparagus fields are generally established from the first of March to the end of April in the lower Columbia Basin.
Asparagus water use during fern growth is reported to be 6.8 inches in July, 7.6 in August and 4.6 in September.
Asparagus is commonly packaged in 32-lb crates, loose pack; or 15 to 17- lb half-pyramid crates; or 24 to 25-lb cartons holding 16 packs each 1.5 lb.; or, 30-lb pyramid wirebound crates holding 12 2-lb bunches.
oregonstate.edu /Dept/NWREC/asparagu.html   (4288 words)

  
 Asparagus: Facts and details from Encyclopedia Topic   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Asparagus is one of few foods which is considered acceptable to eat with the hands in polite company, EHandler: no quick summary.
Many related and unrelated plants may be called "asparagus" or said to be "used as asparagus" when their eaten for their shoots.
Ornithogalum pyrenaicum, also called prussian asparagus, pyrenees star of bethlehem or spiked star of bethlehem, is a plant whose young shoots...
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/a/as/asparagus.htm   (1236 words)

  
 Asparagus
Asparagus, whose name stems from a Greek word used to refer to all tender shoots picked and savored while very young, is a member of the Lily family.
Asparagus can be boiled in salted water, like green beans or broccoli, and you only need an inch or two of water in a skillet, unless you're cooking large quantities of asparagus (more than 1½ pounds.).
asparagus is the same as green asparagus except it is picked while most of it is still underground, before the stalk below the crowned tip is exposed to sunlight, and produces chlorophyll.
www.tonytantillo.com /vegetables/asparagus.html   (868 words)

  
 Food Pursuit: Asparagus
Asparagus are usually available between February and June, though hothouses in certain areas grow asparagus all year round.
Asparagus is done when the color is bright and vivid and the stalk is tender when pierced with a fork.
Asparagus should be soft enough to mash along with potatoes, in the cooking water.
foodpursuit.blogspot.com /2006/02/asparagus.html   (587 words)

  
 Asparagus!
The ancestry of asparagus is in the wilds of Eastern Europe and Asia Minor.
Julius Caesar was recorded as preferring his asparagus served in a pool of melted butter.
Asparagus tenderness is not related to the thickness of the stalk.
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 Easy Gardening...Asparagus
Asparagus is grown from 1-year-old plants or "crowns" planted in January or February.
Before planting new asparagus beds, till in 2 to 3 pounds of 10-20-10 or a similar analysis fertilizer per 20 feet of row or as directed by a soil test report.
Asparagus is a good source of vitamin A and C and minerals.
aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu /extension/easygardening/asparagus/asparagus.html   (1211 words)

  
 Organic Asparagus Production
Because asparagus is a perennial crop that will be in the ground for at least 10 to 15 years, attention to selection and preparation of the planting site is especially important.
The asparagus beetle is a common pest wherever asparagus is grown.
The injury caused by the adult is similar to that of the common asparagus beetle; however, the larval stage does little damage to the crop because it feeds primarily on the fruits or berries.
www.attra.org /attra-pub/asparagus.html   (3483 words)

  
 Asparagus
Asparagus is actually the sweet, tender, early shoot of a plant in the lily family.
Asparagus is also extremely y perishable and is usually shipped in wooden boxes with water pads on the bottom to keep the fresh-cut stems moist.
The base of the asparagus is usually white, woody, and tough, and the more white on the stalk, the more you're going to have to throw away.
www.producepete.com /shows/asparagus.html   (624 words)

  
 Dole 5 A Day - We make 5 A Day fun!
Asparagus is a member of the Lily family.
Asparagus is related to onions, leeks, and garlic.
One of the most popular varieties of green asparagus is named after Martha Washington, the wife of George Washington.
www.dole5aday.com /ReferenceCenter/Encyclopedia/Asparagus/asparagus_facts.jsp   (240 words)

  
 i was just really very hungry.: Asparagus   (Site not responding. Last check: )
White asparagus is indeed more delicate than green, and is really suited to the soft-cooking method, or best of all as the base for cream of asparagus soup.
Sprinkle the asparagus lightly with the salt, and sugar.
I also like asparagus wrapped with thin strips of beef round steak marinated in soy sauce and rice wine garlic and ginger that you throw on the grill and then serve with a soy sauce rice vinegar and ginger dipping sauce.
maki.typepad.com /justhungry/2005/04/asparagus.html   (2014 words)

  
 Hormel Foods - Glossary - Asparagus
Green asparagus is traditionally the most common variety, while purple or white asparagus is usually available on a limited basis in speciality markets.
White asparagus is grown underneath a mound of dirt which is a growing method that keeps the stalks from turning green.
The shoots of the green asparagus are usually harvested when the stalks reach a height of 8 inches and are 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick.
www.hormel.com /kitchen/glossary.asp?id=32981&catitemid=   (415 words)

  
 The World's Healthiest Foods: Feeling Great
Asparagus is a perennial, an almost leafless member of the lily family.
A cup of asparagus supplies approximately 263 mcg of folate, a B-vitamin essential for proper cellular division because it is necessary in DNA synthesis.
Asparagus, its fleshy spears topped with bud-like compact heads, is often thought of as a luxury vegetable, prized for its succulent taste and tender texture.
www.whfoods.com /genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=12   (1670 words)

  
 Stockton Asparagus Festival : April 25th - 27th, 2008 : Best of the West Food Fest
The Stockton Asparagus Festival is a three-day, multi-event, food, and entertainment festival, which celebrates asparagus.
The festival features two performing stages, an Asparagus Alley with the best deep fried asparagus found anywhere, one of the finest celebrity chef cooking demonstration kitchens, a fabulous Spear-Its of the Valley wine and beer pavilion, a craft show, 600 booths, displays and exhibits in the show.
The Stockton Asparagus Festival is honored to work with the City of Stockton to bring you this wonderful community event.
www.asparagusfest.com   (173 words)

  
 Calvin College - Spark - Winter 2003 - Aspiring Director Inspired by Asparagus
My Dad’s an asparagus farmer, so I grew up picking it and eating it and participating in the parades.” Kelly even lent her talents to an asparagus dance troupe called the Oceana Stalkers.
Asparagus is the queen of the festival — a farmer’s wife who is chosen in the Mrs.
Asparagus pageant where she is asked such questions as, “If you had to serve asparagus jello, how would you get people to eat it?” The Mrs.
www.calvin.edu /publications/spark/2003/winter/asparagus.htm   (747 words)

  
 Eau D'Asparagus
Actually, asparagus -- a member of the lily family along with garlic, onions, and leeks -- is a powerhouse of nutrients.
Not to mention that asparagus contains 3 grams of fiber per 3.5-ounce serving and a host of health-enhancing plant chemicals, or phytonutrients, that may protect against disease.
Although the link between "asparagus urine" and higher intelligence is a figment of someone's imagination, eating it regularly could be a sign of some serious health smarts.
www.webmd.com /content/article/43/1671_51089   (431 words)

  
 Asparagus   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Asparagus is loaded with medicinal properties and was initially recognized for its medicinal uses, similarly to some of its relatives (garlic and onions).
Asparagus is related to garlic, onions, and others in the lily plant family.
Asparagus is loaded with medicinal properties and was initially recognized for its medicinal uses.
www.hort.cornell.edu /department/faculty/rangarajan/Veggie/freshnow/asparagusstr.html   (949 words)

  
 Asparagus in Kidz Korner of Michigan Department of Agriculture / MDA   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Asparagus is one of the first crops harvested each year in Michigan.
Asparagus is a great source of vitamins and minerals.
The best way to refrigerate asparagus is to trim the spears by 1/4 inch and wrap them in moist paper towels.
www.mda.state.mi.us /kids/countyfair/crops/asparagus   (161 words)

  
 asparagus Definition in the Food Dictionary at Epicurious.com   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Europeans prefer white asparagus (particularly the famous French asparagus of Argenteuil), which is grown underground to prevent it from becoming green.
Asparagus plants live 8 to 10 years and the spear's size indicates the age of the plant from which it came — the more mature the plant, the thicker the asparagus.
Asparagus is grown in sandy soil so thorough washing is necessary to ensure the tips are not gritty.
www.epicurious.com /cooking/how_to/food_dictionary/search?query=asparagus&submit.x=15&submit.y=9   (353 words)

  
 Asparagus
Asparagus is sensitive to calcium deficiencies and special care must be practiced initially in the establishment of an asparagus planting to incorporate appropriate amounts of calcium before planting (amount determined by appropriate soil test).
Asparagus plantings established with transplants or by direct seeding methods are especially sensitive to weed competition during early seedling development.
Asparagus, being deep rooted, absorbs water deep in the soil profile and is not irrigated extensively in most regions of the United States where moderate rainfall occurs throughout the year.
www.uga.edu /vegetable/asparagus.html   (4735 words)

  
 Kitchen Dictionary: Asparagus
Asparagus (from the Persian word asparag, meaning a sprout), are slim green spears, often tinged with a bit of purple at the tip.
Asparagus plants usually live 8 to 10 years, and the size of the asparagus spear is relative to the age of the plant; in other words, the thicker the vegetable, the older the plant.
Asparagus are also quite tasty marinated and grilled briefly.
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 Asparagus
Asparagus is a high-value, labor-intensive perennial vegetable crop.
Asparagus Mechanical Harvesting Bibliography - From the National Agricultural Library (NAL), part of the Agricultural Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, one of four National Libraries in the United States.
Asparagus Rootstock Supplier Shasta Nursery - Asparagus rootstock is grown in Susanville California on sandy loam soil.
www.agmrc.org /agmrc/commodity/vegetables/asparagus   (899 words)

  
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 asparagus. The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000.
The history of the word asparagus is a good illustration of one of the peculiarities of English etymology—one found in few other languages.
Botanists were familiar with the proper Latin version asparagus, and their use of that term together with the efforts of the etymologists caused the Latin form to become more widespread, eventually supplanting sperage.
Thus, it is difficult to say whether the Modern English word asparagus is a direct continuation of Middle English sperage or a borrowing directly from Latin, a difficulty one encounters with hundreds of other words whose spellings and even pronunciations were Latinized during this time.
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