Mature asparagus spears growing in a field

Mature asparagus spears growing in a field

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Credit: ED YOUNG/AGSTOCKUSA/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Asparagus crop. Crop of mature asparagus growing in a field. Asparagus, Asparagus officinalis, grows best on a fresh, sandy soil. It is a vegetable cultivated for its shoots or "spears" which are not cut until the second or third year. Asparagus spears are a good source of folic acid, beta-carotene, vitamins C and E and potassium. Photographed in California, USA.

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Keywords: agric., agricultural, agriculture, asparagus, asparagus officinalis, california, crop, farming, field, land use, mechanised, mechanized, type, vegetable

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