National Asparagus Day
National Asparagus Day is a holiday that’s observed annually on May 24th and encourages people to enjoy this perennial flowering plant species that are commonly used as a side dish to steak, scallops, salmon, crab cakes, and a number of other dishes.
This vegetable is one that doesn’t have a lot of calories, but it does provide some valuable nutrients such as Vitamin C, Vitamin A, folate, potassium, phosphorous, and Vitamin E. It also contains a number of other micronutrients including riboflavin, iron, and zinc.
Unfortunately, it also happens to be not as popular as other side vegetables such as green beans, peas, or corn. But this holiday is going to change all of that, all people have to do is celebrate it when it shows up on their calendar.
The History Of National Asparagus Day
Unfortunately, we don’t know who invented this holiday or precisely when they invented it. We know that it’s been around for the past couple of years, but don’t know exactly when it came on the scene.
If we had to guestimate, we would guess that it appeared around 2011 or 2012, but as we said, that’s just a guess. If anyone does know 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 gonna 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 of 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 this vegetable 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.