A member of the lily family, asparagus comes in three distinct colors—each of which offers an admirable variety of nutrients. Low in fat and high in fiber and calcium, this vegetable is also rich in vitamins B6, C, and E.

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Green Asparagus

This is the most widely available type of asparagus on the market. The diameter of the stalks ranges from super-skinny (sometimes called "pencil grass") to thick. In general, thinner stalks have a sweeter taste.

White Asparagus

This variety lacks chlorophyll because it is grown under heaps of soil. The spears are more fibrous as a result, and have a strong, slightly bitter flavor.

Purple Asparagus

Anthocyanins, healthy photonutrients also found in berries, account for this variety's burgundy tint, which fades with cooking. Purple asparagus has 20 percent more sugar than other varieties, giving it a sweeter flavor.

From our sister publication REMEDY's Healthy Living Spring 2015

Publication Review By: the Editorial Staff at Healthcommunities.com

Published: 02 Mar 2015

Last Modified: 31 Mar 2015