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Asparagus Tips

Leafy Laffs is a collection of Wimpy Girl cartoons intended to be the spoonful of laughter to help the vegetables go down.  Some of them are fruity, corny, and every now and then a pancake, egg or bagel may be invited to the stage. All are created to remind us all to make healthy eating choices. Eat your heart out Popeye!

Today is National Asparagus Day! 

May 24, 2022 Celebrated each year on this day

So, Let’s Discuss Asparagus

Did you know that asparagus is a member of the lily family?

The name asparagus comes from the Greeks and meant “sprout” or “shoot. Way before humankind knew anything about the benefits of super foods (like about 2000 years ago), folks in the Mediterranean area prized asparagus stalks because of their unique texture, as well as their medicinal and aphrodisiacal benefits. Oh really???

Asparagus grows in sandy soil, and can grow up to 10 inches in a 24-hour period.  And it comes in 3 colors: green, white and purple. White is probably the rarest of the three because it is so delicate, making it difficult to harvest. Purple asparagus is supposedly much smaller, but I have to admit, I’ve never seen a purple asparagus. 

Nutri-toon Details

Asparagus is one of the most nutritious veggies you can eat. It’s high in folic acid and potassium, fiber, thiamin and vitamins A, B6 and C. 

It can be eaten raw (supposedly – I’ve never done it) or cooked. It’s a quickie as far as cooking goes. The ancient Greeks and Romans used it for bee stings and toothaches, and more recently it’s been touted to cure hangovers. Go figure.

I guess nowadays asparagus spears would be considered “influencers” because of their plethora of tips…wink, wink!

How long has it been since you’ve had a few spears? For this Wimpy Girl, too long!

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