You are here: Home Food & Kitchen Eat Drink Better Five Asparagus Facts Five Asparagus Facts by jeannie May 18, 2011, 5:00 am We are in the midst of asparagus season, so it seems fitting to learn a bit about asparagus…from its nutritional benefits to why it makes your pee smell funny. 1. Asparagus grows very quickly Under ideal conditions, an asparagus spear can grow 10 inches in a 24-hour period! 2. There are three main types of asparagus: green, white and purple. Green asparagus is ‘normal’ asparagus – what most people buy in the store. White asparagus is green asparagus that has been denied light while growing. It’s less bitter than the green variety. Purple asparagus is different to the green and white varieties. It has a high sugar and low fiber content. It’s purple color comes from a phytochemical with a deep purple-blue pigment – the same cancer-fighting phytochemical found in blueberries. 3. Asparagus makes people’s pee smell weird …but not everyone has the gene to smell the weird pee. When asparagus is digested, it produces some sulfur-containing compounds. When these are excreted in the urine, it has a strange smell; however, you needn’t worry because it has no adverse affect on the body. The smell can be noticed as little as 15 minutes after eating asparagus! 4. It’s a natural diuretic This may or may not be a good thing, but it is a strong diuretic. Asparagus is a very good source of potassium and contains the amino acids asparagine. This combination gives asparagus a strong diuretic effect. Historically, asparagus has been used to treat problems involving swelling, such as arthritis and rheumatism, and may also be useful for PMS-related water retention. 5. Last, but not least, it’s loaded with vitamins Asparagus is a good source of potassium, vitamin K and folate – all of which are essential vitamins. … Sources: Science Blogs, WH Foods, Wikipedia, Organic Garden Photo credit: Flickr Creative Commons by Stiefen Schlingen See more Previous article Gardeners Help End Hunger in Their Communities – EcoLocalizer Next article 500-Mile Kitchen Project: Week 1 One Comment Leave a Reply Since the darkest colored vegetables are supposed to have the best nutrative values, I would think then the purple asparagus would be the highest in vitamin content and the white would have less than either of the others. Do they taste the same? Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.