Asparagus Facts for Kids
What am I?
It takes 5 years for my plant to produce food to eat, but after that... grow really fast—over 6 inches in just one day! I grow as long, thin spears.
I've been around for thousands of years. People have found me in ancient Egyptian tombs that are 2,400 years old!
Where I grow
Instead of seeds, I grow from a bunch of roots called crowns. I grow on the ground in mounds.
My spears 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. The white spears are a delicacy (or special) and taste 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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