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Asparagus: Specialty Crop Profile

Asparagus, (Asparagus officinalis), is a hardy perennial vegetable belonging to the Lily Family. It is grown for its succulent early spring vegetative shoots that originate from an underground crown. Nutritionally, asparagus is almost 92 percent water, and it provides fairly high amounts of carbohydrates, vitamin A, riboflavin, niacin, thiamine, and phosphorus ... Because asparagus is a long-term perennial crop of significant cost to establish, particular attention should be paid to site selection and preplant soil preparation ...

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