Asparagus is a plant whose young shoots are grown as a vegetable. There are white asparagus, green asparagus and purple asparagus. The first are grown under the ground and kept out of the light, the second do have seen the sun. In Northwest Europe, the white asparagus is most common in countries like Italy, the green asparagus. Purple asparagus is a niche product.
Asparagus has long been renowned for its health benefits that would provide the vegetable. Mainly because of the anti-inflammatory substances and vitamins C, A and E. They would also help prevent dizziness, kidney problems and heart disease. Nevertheless, according to the Nutrition Center insufficient evidence that would prevent vegetable diseases, says spokesperson Patricia Schutte. ,, But they are delicious and vegetables are good for you, so enjoy '' The aphrodisiac effect that would have the vegetables -. The phallic shape stimulates the imagination - is unproven.
An asparagus grows at an astonishing rate: between 5 and 12 centimeters per day! For this reason, white asparagus are harvested every day, the green shoots that grow above the ground, once be inserted every three to four days. Harvesting is done by hand: first the ground around the white stalks is loosened and then they are cut individually and carefully removed from the soil. To prevent discoloration, the harvest always takes place in the early morning or late evening.
Nearly half of all people smell after eating asparagus a strange smell in the urine. This is because the sulfur-bearing tracks in the asparagus are converted into volatile, sulfur-containing compounds. In the other half of the population enters the chemical reaction as well, but these individuals lack the sense of smell in order to detect the specific smell.
White asparagus is the same species as the green. The difference: white asparagus are not exposed to sunlight, so they appeared to be. Green grow well above the ground. The white ones are mostly eaten in the Benelux, Germany and some parts of Italy and France. The rest of the world is mainly green.
The longest white asparagus is grown ever, was 3 meters and 11 centimeters long. Family Camps in Melderslo grew the stem through a PVC pipe so that it remained aboveground part white. The asparagus is now - in formaldehyde - on display at Museum De Locht Melderslo. The museum also serves as an information center for asparagus. When asparagus does not apply the rule "the longer the better." The thickness indeed counts: Who thick asparagus purchases in the store, there is less need to peel. The thickness has little effect on the flavor.
Asparagus is eaten for over four thousand years. It is suspected that the fruit originates from Mesopotamia, now Iraq and Iran. The oldest evidence of asparagus culture are found in the pyramid of Saqqara in Egypt; wall drawings of a sacrifice for a pharaoh. Later, the Romans knew to appreciate the stems. After the fall of the Roman Empire, the cultivation was lost, but the knowledge was kept alive. Asparagus is only since the 19th century produced in the Netherlands.
A bag of asparagus seed can be worth many thousands of euros. That's because it takes between fifteen and twenty years before it is clear how many shoots coming up and how thick those. Only then is it clear whether a variety is commercially attractive for a grower. Asparagus are relatively expensive. The price per kilo may rise at a low supply of up to 12.50 euro per kilo. The ones that are the thickest, most straight and whitest are delivering the most money.