What am I?
I can grow 6+ inches... per day! I grow in single spears. I am native to the Mediterranean and grew in swamps. I have been found in Egyptian tombs dating 5,000 years ago. It takes 5 years for a new plant to grow spears. A new plant is grown from crowns, or a cluster of roots, not seeds. I do grow a fruit, but it's poisonous to humans.
Where I grow
I grow on the ground in mounds. I come in three colors - green, purple, or white. If I'm green or purple, I was grown with the sun and produced chlorophyll, which gives me color. If I'm white, I was covered up with dirt and blankets for protection from the sun's rays. The white version is a delicacy (or special) and tastes sweeter.
After I'm picked
Because I grow as a single spear, I must be hand picked. Plus, since I grow so quickly, it's a race against the clock to harvest me in time. If I grow too big, I will be hard and woody, which isn't tasty or easy to chew.
After I'm picked, I'm packaged in bunches with other spears. I'm usually roasted or fried and eaten with some seasoning. Yum!
Did you guess... Asparagus
Asparagus is a lot of work to grow! WARNING - after you eat me and go to the bathroom, you'll wonder, "what's that smell?" I have a byproduct called sulfur after I'm digested. Learn more in the video on the next slide.
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