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What is asparagus?

Michael T. Murray, ND
Naturopathic Medicine

Asparagus is a member of the lily family. Native to the Mediterranean, asparagus is now grown all over the world. Surprisingly, there are about 300 varieties of asparagus, but only 20 are edible. Asparagus has fleshy spears topped with budlike, compact heads. It is harvested in the spring when it is 6 to 8 inches tall. Normally green or greenish purple in color, white asparagus is grown underground to inhibit the development of its chlorophyll content to provide a more delicate flavor and color for a unique culinary experience.

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