Asparagus has been a beloved vegetable from the beginning of written history. A recipe for cooking Asparagus is in the oldest surviving book of recipes, Apicius, from the third-century A.D. Today, key growing states in the US are Michigan, California, Washington and New Jersey, and over 22,000 acres are planted annually.

Asparagus plants take between 2 to 3 years to grow and produce after planting, so patience is needed! But once it’s growing, Asparagus can be productive for more than 20 years, producing a half pound of spears per foot of garden row in the spring and early summer.