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 early May 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 first in the nation for asparagus production, producing up to 20 million pounds each year
- Oceana County boasts the greatest volume of asparagus production, but there is also significant production in Southwest Michigan
- Michigan asparagus, unlike asparagus from other states, is hand-snapped above the ground, yielding a more tender and flavorful product
- The five-year average annual value of Michigan’s asparagus crop is more than $28.3 million
- There are approximately 9,500 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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