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National Asparagus Day

Asparagus is a superfood that deserves to be celebrated! Celebrate National Asparagus Day with delicious recipes, fun activities, and more!
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May 24
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Introduction

Celebrate National Asparagus Day on May 24 and give a shout out to one of the oldest cultivated vegetables known to man! This nutritious vegetable has been around for over 2000 years, being grown in Greece and Egypt. Asparagus is full of antioxidants, vitamins A and K, fiber and minerals like iron - making it a great addition to any diet. So get ready for some delicious dishes featuring asparagus this May!

History of National Asparagus Day

National Asparagus Day Dates

National Asparagus Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2000 BC</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Asparagus Cultivation Begins</div><div class='timeline-text'>Asparagus begins to be cultivated in Greece and Egypt around 2000 BC, marking its first known appearance.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1600s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Asparagus in Europe</div><div class='timeline-text'>Asparagus farming spreads to France and England in the 1600s, furthering its popularity.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1800s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Introduction to America</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Asparagus plant made its way to North America in the 1800s by European settlers.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1970s</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Canned Asparagus Boom</div><div class='timeline-text'>Canned asparagus grows in popularity during the 1970s, making the vegetable accessible all year round.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2010</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Asparagus Genome Decoded</div><div class='timeline-text'>Scientists decode the asparagus genome in 2010, enabling breeders to develop improved varieties.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2018</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>National Asparagus Day Established</div><div class='timeline-text'>National Asparagus Day is established in 2018 as a day to celebrate this superfood.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Asparagus Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Grill some asparagus</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Asparagus is delicious when cooked on the grill. Simply toss it in a bit of olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and grill until the spears are lightly charred.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Make an asparagus pizza</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>For a quick lunch or dinner idea, make an asparagus pizza. Top your favorite crust with mozzarella cheese, asparagus spears, and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese. Bake until golden brown.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Try an asparagus salad</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Salads don't have to be boring. Try this twist on a classic salad: combine fresh asparagus spears, tomatoes, feta cheese, and olives in a bowl. Drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Roast some asparagus</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Roasted asparagus makes for an easy side dish. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Toss trimmed asparagus spears with olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast for 15 minutes.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Create an asparagus appetizer</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Asparagus makes for a great party appetizer. Wrap each spear in prosciutto, top with goat cheese, sprinkle with lemon zest, and bake until the prosciutto is crisp and the cheese is melted.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Asparagus Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Asparagus is full of nutrients</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Asparagus is an incredibly nutritious vegetable that is packed with vitamins and minerals. It contains a significant amount of fiber, folate, vitamin B6, potassium, and many other essential nutrients that are important for good health. Plus, it's low in calories so you don't have to feel guilty about indulging in this vegetable!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Asparagus is easy to prepare</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Cooking asparagus couldn't be simpler. All you need to do is rinse it off and cut off the tough ends (if necessary), then you can roast it in the oven or even steam it on the stovetop. Once it's cooked, you can enjoy it as a side dish or incorporate it into salads, soups and casseroles for added flavor!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Asparagus tastes great</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Asparagus has a unique flavor that pairs nicely with almost any meal - from simple steamed dishes to more complex creations that include sauces and seasonings. Its mild taste also makes it versatile enough to use in both sweet and savory recipes. So no matter what type of cuisine you're looking for, chances are asparagus will fit right in!</p></div></div>

5 Captivating Facts for National Asparagus Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Asparagus changes your urine's smell due to a unique compound</h3><p class='facts-content'>Asparagus contains a sulfur-containing compound called asparagusic acid, not found in other plants, which can result in a distinctive smell in urine after asparagus is consumed.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Asparagus is classified into three types based on its color</h3><p class='facts-content'>There are three types of asparagus - green, white, and purple. Each variety is the same plant, but the difference in color is due to differences in sunlight exposure and species.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Germany leads asparagus production worldwide</h3><p class='facts-content'>Though it is consumed globally, Germany is the world's largest producer of white asparagus, with an annual harvest of over 57,000 tons.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Asparagus has a very short shelf life</h3><p class='facts-content'>Asparagus is best consumed within 2 days of purchase as it starts to lose flavor very quickly after harvesting, making it important to seek out fresh asparagus when possible.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Asparagus grows exceptionally fast</h3><p class='facts-content'>Under ideal conditions, an asparagus spear can grow up to 7 inches in a day, making it one of the fastest growing vegetables.</p></div></div>

National Asparagus Day FAQs

When is National Asparagus Day?

National Asparagus Day is celebrated on May 24 every year. In 2024 National Asparagus Day will occur on a Friday.

National Asparagus Day Dates

Year
Date
Day

2023

May 24

Wednesday

2024

May 24

Friday

2025

May 24

Saturday

2026

May 24

Sunday

2027

May 24

Monday

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