These long green stalks are a favorite of many and are one of the state’s first crops to appear in the spring. They are fresh from late April through June and boast a variety of health benefits. Most Michigan asparagus is grown near the Lake Michigan shoreline, where moderate temperatures and soils are ideal.
Michigan asparagus facts:
- Michigan ranks second in the nation for asparagus production and acreage, producing up to 21 million pounds each year.
- Oceana County boasts the greatest volume of asparagus production, but there is also significant production in Southwest Michigan.
- 50% of Michigan asparagus is processed.
- The total annual value of Michigan’s asparagus crop is around $20 million when leaving the farm, and the value soars to $30 million after packing and processing.
- There are approximately 10,000 acres of asparagus harvested in Michigan each year
- Among vegetables, asparagus is the leading supplier of folic acid
- Asparagus contains no fat or cholesterol
- Asparagus provides potassium, fiber, vitamin B6 and glutathione
- There is only one milligram of sodium per 100 grams of cooked asparagus
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