Early season asparagus is usually available in September, with main supplies starting in October/November. Supply dwindles again in January.
Store in the refrigerator with the cut ends covered in moist paper towels.Handle all fresh produce with care and wash before eating.
Asparagus originated in the Eastern Mediterranean and was a favourite of the Greeks and Romans who used it as a medicine. In parts of Europe, Turkey, Africa, Middle East and Asia some varieties of asparagus grow wild.
Serving size: 78g - 5 spears, steamed
|Avg Quantity per serving||Avg Quantity per 100g|
|Fat, total (g)||0.23||0.3|
|- saturated (g)||0.052||0.067|
|- sugars (g)||1.25||1.6|
|Dietary Fibre (g)||1.2||1.5|
|Vitamin C (mg)||3.9||5.0|
|Vitamin E (mg)||0.84||1.08|
|Vitamin A Equiv. (µg)||52.88||67.8|
|Vitamin B6 (mg)||0.008||0.01|
Source: The Concise New Zealand Food Composition Tables, 8th Edition, Plant & Food Research