Asparagus is often expensive at the grocery store, which is funny since it grows wild in many parts of the country. Walk along country roads or near ditches in the spring and you just might be able to pick your own asparagus.


Fun Facts

  • Asparagus is really good for you. It has protein, fiber, potassium, vitamin A, and vitamin C. It contains glutathione, a compound scientists believe can prevent some kinds of cancers. It’s a rich source of antioxidants and folate, which can help slow aging and keep our brains healthy.
  • Asparagus is a perennial crop, which means that it comes back year after year. It takes a couple of years for asparagus to get going in the garden, but a healthy asparagus plot will keep growing for 10 years or more.
  • In the spring, asparagus comes up as the slender green stalks we know and love. Come fall, it is a tall, shrubby plant with small red berries.
  • Asparagus is delicious roasted, steamed, or grilled. Wrap it in bacon or sprinkle it with lemon juice, garlic, or balsamic vinegar.



  1. Antioxidants: plant compounds that can keep cells healthy, fight disease, and slow aging.
  2. Plot: a garden area


Questions and Answers

Question: Is asparagus always green?

Answer: Some asparagus is white. Choose asparagus that looks fresh. It shouldn’t be shriveled and the tips should be closed.


Learn More

Want to hunt for wild asparagus? Watch this video to find out how.

Learn how to roast asparagus.