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Asparagus

Asparagus is a spring vegetable native to Europe, northern Africa, and western Asia. While asparagus is best harvested when the spears are about 6 inches, these plants can actually grow up to nearly 60 inches tall! (Read more about asparagus on Wikipedia.)

Asparagus is truly a nutritional powerhouse: one cup cooked will give you 29% of the Daily Value (DV) of vitamin A, 61% of the DV for folate, 73% of the DV for vitamin C, and a whopping 180% of the DV for vitamin K! Vitamin K plays an essential role in blood clotting and also helps to build healthy bones. (See more asparagus nutrition facts at Self.com.)

Trim the ends of fresh asparagus and stand them upright in a jar with about an inch of water in the bottom. Cover the asparagus and jar with a plastic bag and refrigerate.

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