FAQ: How is Purple Asparagus Different from Green Asparagus?

(Last Updated On: June 2, 2011)

Question: How is Purple Asparagus Different from Green Asparagus?

Answer: Asparagus comes in more than just green. There are purple and white asparagus. Today we are going to look at the purple variety. Is it any different than the traditional green? I purchased some purple asparagus from Whole Foods Market last week. It was grown at a farm in Michigan. But it wasn’t as sweet as the asparagus I purchased at the farmer’s market. Asparagus is one of those vegetables that you want to eat as quickly after it was harvested as you can. Some people say purple asparagus is actually sweeter, but I didn’t notice that. Maybe if I could find a farmer with purple asparagus I would be able to tell better.

The actual flavor of the purple asparagus is the same as the green. I wasn’t able to detect any difference. One thing that might be different is the health benefits. Dark colored fruits and vegetables contain phytochemicals that may help the battle against cancer. While green asparagus is good for you, the purple might be just a little bit better.

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