According to the USDA, 29,200 Acres of Asparagus were harvested in the United States in 2009.
All commercially grown asparagus must still be harvested by hand.
Some individuals have odorous urine after eating asparagus, and it was long thought to be a genetic trait since some people seemed to be immune to this effect. The odor is caused by a asparagusic acid which the body converts into methanethiol (closely related to skunk spray!).
The small 'scales' at the tip of an asparagus spear are actually the leaves.
Female asparagus stalks are plumper than male stalks.
Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis) is a member of the Lily family and is related to onions and garlic.
Under ideal conditions, an asparagus spear can grow 10" in a 24-hour period. Each crown will send spears up for about 6-7 weeks during the spring and early summer. How often spears may be picked depends on the temperature. Early in the season, spears may be picked every 4 days or so, and later as the average temperature warms up, they may have to be picked every day!
Source: Food ReferenceIf you're wondering how this dish was prepared, you can visit the recipe HERE.