White Asparagus

White asparagus, nicknamed “edible ivory” and “white gold,” is a variety of asparagus most popular in Western Europe. White asparagus is grown underground, which prohibits the sun's rays to penetrate the cells of the plant, therefore rendering the plant unable to produce the chlorophyll necessary to produce green pigment.  Asparagus has been eaten for over 20,000 years, originating in Egypt. Emperor Augustus, the first Roman emperor, reserved a group of ships known as the Asparagus Fleet, used solely for gathering the vegetable in massive quantities. Asparagus is ..

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