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ASPARAGUS



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SCIENTIFIC NAME: ASPARAGUS OFFICINALIS ALTILIS

FRANCAIS: ASPERGE




General Description:

This universally popular vegetable is one of the lily family's cultivated forms. The optimum season for fresh asparagus lasts from February through June, although hothouse asparagus is available year-round in some regions. The earliest, most tender stalks are a beautiful apple green with purple-tinged tips. Europeans prefer white asparagus (particularly the famous French asparagus of Argenteuil), which is grown underground to prevent it from becoming green. White spears are usually thick and are smoother than the green variety. There's also a purple variety called Viola . When buying asparagus, choose firm, bright green (or pale ivory) stalks with tight tips. Asparagus plants live 8 to 10 years and the spear's size indicates the age of the plant from which it came - the more mature the plant, the thicker the asparagus. It's best cooked the same day it's purchased but will keep, tightly wrapped in a plastic bag, 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator. Or, store standing upright in about an inch of water, covering the container with a plastic bag. Asparagus is grown in sandy soil so thorough washing is necessary to ensure the tips are not gritty. If asparagus stems are tough, remove the outer layer with a vegetable peeler. Canned and frozen asparagus is also available. Asparagus contains a good amount of vitamin A and is a fair source of iron and vitamins B and C.

BLOOD TYPE DIET VALUES

Follow Secretor value if you do not know your secretor status.

BLOOD TYPE A

Secretor:
NEUTRAL

Non Secretor:
NEUTRAL

    BLOOD TYPE B:

    Secretor:
    NEUTRAL

    Non Secretor:
    NEUTRAL


      BLOOD TYPE AB:

      Secretor:
      NEUTRAL

      Non Secretor:
      NEUTRAL


        BLOOD TYPE O

        Secretor:
        NEUTRAL

        Non Secretor:
        NEUTRAL



          LECTIN CHARACTERIZATION:
          • This food contains a reported lectin.


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          SPECIAL NOTE:
          • This food can be a significant source of folate (171.52 mcgs per 1 cup.)

          GENETIC MODIFICATIONNo data on this food.
          PESTICIDES This food is considered to be low in pesticides. (Source: Environmental Defense Network)
          CONTAMINATIONNo data on this food.
          IRRADIATIONNo data on this food.
          ANTIOXIDANTSNo data on this food.
          ALLERGENSNo data on this food.
          GLYCEMIC INDEX This food has a low Glycemic Index.


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