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The Instacart guide to asparagus
Many people have mixed feelings about eating asparagus. The vegetable is incredibly nutrient-dense. It has high levels of vitamins such as:
- Vitamin C.
- Vitamin B.
- Vitamin K and E.
The flowering plant, a part of the lily family, also has flavonoids and polyphenols, which have strong antioxidant properties. It also contains both soluble and insoluble fiber, which aid in digestion. Fiber is also essential for gut health.
Some people do not care for the intense smell asparagus can have on your urine. This happens because of asparagusic acid. The acid breaks down to sulfur-containing compounds in the digestive tract, which can be volatile and odoriferous.
While hundreds of different asparagus plants exist, only around 20 of the varieties are for human consumption. Some varieties are grown to be ornamental flowering plants, while others are hazardous to eat.
Asparagus grown in the United States is the green variety you most often see in stores. However, it's possible to find some purple asparagus here and there. Europe is known for growing white asparagus. Farms in Europe put the asparagus under soil, sand, or even tarps to stop the plant from producing chlorophyll, thus keeping its white color. Due to this process, the spears also become fatter and have a less intense flavor.