Asparagus

Health Benefit to You

Asparagus is an excellent source of folic acid and is a fairly significant source of Vitamin C, Thiamin, and Vitamin B6. Asparagus contains no fat or cholesterol of dietary significance. It is an important source of potassium and many micronutrients. According to the National Cancer Institute, Asparagus is the highest tested food containing Glutathione, one of the body's most potent cancer fighters. Additionally, Asparagus is high in Rutin, which is valuable in strengthening the blood vessels. Source: California Aspargus Commission. Learn more with the CFAITC Fact Sheet.

Buy California Grown

The California asparagus harvest begins in February, the supply peaks in March and April, then tapers off into June. California growers harvest a smaller crop in September and October. Nearly 80% of the 200 million pounds of fresh asparagus grown in the U.S. comes from California.

Where Do Asparagus Grow? In California | US | The World

In California

San Joaquin, Monterey, Fresno, Sacramento and Imperial Counties

In the United States

California, Washington, Michigan, Illinois and New Jersey

In the World

China, Peru and Mexico

From Farms to Your Family Step 1 | 2 | 3 | 4

Step 1: Waking the asparagus from thd dormant state.

During the winter months, the farmer cuts down the asparagus fern waking the asparagus plant up from its dormant state.

Step 2: Harvesting

New spears soon emerge (usually in late February or early March) and harvest crews go in to the field and individually cut spears that have reached approximately 9 inches in length.

Step 3: Packing

The spears are then taken to a packing shed where they are washed, trimmed, sized, graded, and packed in to crates.  The crates are quickly cooled and kept in refrigerated storage until shipped to retailers and other customers across the U.S. and all over the world.

Step 4: Eating

Enjoy fresh cooked California asparagus.

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