National Asparagus Day
National Asparagus Day is a holiday observed annually on May 24th, encouraging people to enjoy this perennial flowering plant species commonly used as a side dish with steak, scallops, salmon, crab cakes, and various other dishes.
This vegetable doesn’t have many calories but provides valuable nutrients such as Vitamin C, Vitamin A, folate, potassium, phosphorus, and Vitamin E. It also contains other micronutrients, including riboflavin, iron, and zinc.
Unfortunately, it is not as popular as other side vegetables like green beans, peas, or corn. However, this holiday aims to change that; all people have to do is celebrate it when it appears on their calendar.
The History of National Asparagus Day
Unfortunately, we don’t know who invented this holiday or precisely when it was invented. We know it has been around for the past couple of years but don’t know exactly when it emerged.
If we had to estimate, we would guess that it appeared around 2011 or 2012, but as we said, that’s just a guess. If anyone knows when this holiday was created or who created it, they can always shoot us a message and let us know.
Some Amazing Facts About Asparagus
If we’re going to spend a day dedicated to asparagus, then we’re really going to talk about asparagus. We wanted to find out everything we could about it so that we could share all that asparagus knowledge with our readers. The result is the following list of delicious, tasty, and relevant asparagus facts. Let’s enjoy them together.
- Asparagus has been cultivated for over 2,500 years.
- Asparagus has only been cultivated in the U.S. for about 150 years.
- This plant grows incredibly fast and can grow as much as 7 inches in one day.
- The top U.S. states for asparagus production are California, Michigan, and Washington.
- The ancient Greeks were some of the first people to cultivate asparagus.
Observing National Asparagus Day
Everyone wishing to observe this holiday can do so simply by enjoying this vegetable. Not only can they enjoy it as a side dish, but they can also enjoy it as a main dish. In fact, there are several different recipes that treat this vegetable as the main course.
These recipes include Garlic Shrimp with Asparagus, Asparagus Lasagna, Primavera Asparagus Casserole, and even an Asparagus Omelet. People can also spread the news about this holiday using the hashtag #NationalAsparagusDay on social media.