Fun fact: Michigan is the top producer of asparagus nationwide

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Posted at 10:18 AM, Oct 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-11 15:39:20-04

(WXYZ) — Here's something you probably didn't know: Michigan produces the most asparagus in the country.

According to Agriculture Facts and Figures from the state government, Michigan produces up to 23 million pounds of the vegetable annually. Michigan growers harvest approximately 9,500 acres annually.

Much of the the state's asparagus is grown near the Lake Michigan shoreline where the moderate temperatures and soils make for good production conditions. Michigan asparagus is hand-snapped above the ground, which yields a more tender and flavorful product, according to Agriculture Facts.

Asparagus is the ideal vegetable for low-sodium diets, with only one milligram of sodium per 100 grams of cooked asparagus spears.

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