Making Smoothies with Asparagus

Asparagus is a stem vegetable that grows its spears from the "crown" portion of the plant, which lies beneath the soil. The stalks are rigid, with narrow, leafy heads, yet they are slightly tender in texture, with a noticable crispness. They vary in color from white to green to purple, with the white variety grown using the process of etiolation. This process deprives the plant of light, which does not allow it to produce chlorophyll (which makes the stalk green). The vegetable has a delicate, slightly bitter flavor with earthy undertones.


Asparagus Flavor Pairings

Avocado (commercial), Lemon, Orange, Jerusalem-artichoke, Artichoke, Arugula, Basil (fresh), Beans (fava), Beans (snap), Bell Pepper (red), Bell Pepper (green), Chives, Cilantro, Corn (yellow), Corn (white), Dill weed, Fennel Bulb, Garlic, Ginger Root, Quinoa (raw), Honey, Horseradish Tree Pod, Leek, Mushroom (morel), Peppermint, Spearmint, Mushroom (oyster), Mushroom (shiitake), Almonds, Walnuts, Olive Oil, Onion, Onion (spring/scallion), Parsley, Peas, Black Pepper, White Pepper, Potato, Rosemary, Sesame Seeds, Shallots, Spinach, Thyme, Tomato, Tofu (soft), Balsamic Vinegar, Red Wine Vinegar, Watercress, Carrot, Cauliflower, Salt,
Asparagus Nutrition Facts
Amount Per 100g
Calories 20.0
Calories from Fat 1.08
Total Fat 0.12g
Saturated Fat 0.04g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.05g
Cholesterol 0.0mg
Sodium 2.0mg
Potassium 202.0mg
Total Carbohydrate 3.88g
Dietary Fiber 2.1g
Sugars 1.88g
Protein 2.2g
Vitamin A 38.0µg
Vitamin C 5.6mg
Calcium 24.0mg
Iron 2.14mg
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs.
Vitamins
Choline 16.0mg
Folate 52.0µg
Niacin 0.978mg
Riboflavin 0.141mg
Thiamin 0.143mg
Vitamin B-12 0.0µg
Vitamin B-6 0.091mg
Vitamin D 0.0IU
Vitamin E 1.13mg
Vitamin K 41.6µg
Minerals
Copper 0.189mg
Magnesium 14.0mg
Phosphorus 52.0mg
Selenium 2.3µg
Zinc 0.54mg
Other
Caffeine 0.0mg
Theobromine 0.0mg
Water 93.22g
All nutrient values are calculated from the USDA nutrition database.
Scientific NameAsparagus officinalis
Nitrogen Factor6.25
Protein Factor2.44
Fat Factor8.37
Carb Factor3.57