Eating Seasonally, April 2014

April 21, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Did you know that asparagus is a member of the Lily family? Asparagus cultivation began in the eastern Mediterranean region more than 2,000 years ago. After asparagus made its way to Europe in the 16th Century, colonists brought it to America. The first documented production of asparagus in California dates back to 1852.

California leads the US in asparagus production. The 40 million pounds of asparagus produced annually are located in the fertile soils of the San Joaquin Delta, Salinas/Coastal region, the Central Valley, as well as the Southern California desert. California produces the largest quantities of fresh asparagus between the months of March, April, May and June. A serving size of five spears provides a well-rounded source of your daily nutritional needs. California Asparagus is high in vitamins C and K and folic acid, so enjoy some asparagus now!


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