How Much Does Asparagus Cost?
When it comes to asparagus, only the young shoots are commonly eaten. Once the buds start to open, the shoots will start to taste woody if not consumed immediately.
How much does it cost?
- The cost of an asparagus depends on where it’s purchased, time of year, if it’s fresh, the type and geographical location. On average, plan on spending anywhere from $1 to as much as $4 per pound of asparagus depending on the season. Fresh asparagus during the high season can cost around $2 a pound.
- Canned asparagus, on the other hand, costs around $2 to $3 per can.
- According to eatsleepgarden.wordpress.com, asparagus costs around $3.69 to $5 depending on the location where it is sold. 10 ounces of organic frozen asparagus can retail for about $3.69. Asparagus sold at a local grocery store can cost around $4.69 a pound, while the same product costs around $5 a pound from the city market.
- Organic asparagus will be on the higher end, sometimes reaching as much as $6 per pound.
What is going to be included?
- Asparagus is often sold in a bunch. Typically, you will get anywhere from 15 to 30 stems in a bunch wrapped with a rubber band and label.
- See if shipping or delivery costs are included if you order some asparagus online. Some producers or sellers may include shipping costs for bulk orders of asparagus.
- Asparagus is a spring vegetable and flowering perennial. Asparagus officinalis is native to most of Europe, northern Africa, and western Asia and is widely cultivated as a vegetable crop.
- Asparagus grows around 100 to 150 centimeters tall, with stout stems and feathery foliage. The leaves are needle-like stems which grow around 6 to 32 millimeters long and 1 millimeter wide. The flowers are bell-shaped with shades of greenish-white to yellow and are around 4.5 to 6.5 millimeters long. The fruit is a small red berry that is poisonous to humans.
- Asparagus is made up of 93 percent water. It is a good source of vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium, zinc, dietary fiber, protein, vitamins A,C,E, and K, as well as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folic acid, iron, phosphorus, potassium, and manganese, among others. It is also rich in amino acids.
- There are different varieties of asparagus, such as cultivated, green, white, purple and wild. These are each going to be about the same price range. Wild asparagus, however, will need to be searched out.
What are the extra costs?
- Extra costs may be incurred for shipping or delivery of asparagus that is ordered online or from other states or regions.
- Organic will often cost $1 to $2 more per bunch.
- If the weather and agricultural conditions are suitable, growing your own asparagus at home may require additional costs. For example, hiring a gardener or someone to look after your vegetables will require labor costs.
Tips to know
- For a lot of information regarding asparagus types and facts, visit asparagus-lover.com.
- Shop around for prices of asparagus in your area or check out online for more information. This will allow you to compare prices.
- To prepare the asparagus, you must first rinse the spears and break off the rough ends.
- There are quite a few ways that you can cook your asparagus. These include steaming, baking, boiling, stir frying, roasting, and grilling. For different tips and recipes, check out this About.com article.
How can I save money?
- You can save money by purchasing fresh asparagus instead of the canned or packed types. Ordering asparagus by bulk may also entitle you to a discounted price.
- Do not forget to look for sales. If on sale, be sure to stock up. During the peak season when asparagus is at its cheapest, you can buy extra and freeze it for later use.
- Local farmer’s markets can often be cheaper than your local grocery store.
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