Unfortunately, I am the only one in my family that really enjoys it. Or maybe that's a good thing - more for me! I usually saute it with a bit of garlic salt and oregano or maybe a little soy sauce. I also like to bake it with lemon pepper.
The only thing I do NOT like about asparagus is the...shall we say...peculiar odor of my urine after eating it. If you eat asparagus, you must know what I'm talking about. It's pretty nasty. I read once that asparagus is a great vegetable to eat to prevent hang-overs because it helps flush out your system, so I've chalked the odor up to that.
I had to Google it. Yes, if you must know, this fresh wave of curiosity was prompted by eating some asparagus last night with dinner.
What I found was this fantastic, hilarious article by Hannah Holmes, a regular contributor to the Discover Channel Online. If you have the time, I suggest you read the entire article, because it's funny, yet informative.
The simple answer is this:
In 1891 a scientist named "Nencki" had so very little to do that he convinced four guys to eat seven kilograms of asparagus (that's about three and a half pounds each). He collected the pertinent pee, worked some medieval magic on it, and concluded that the smell was due to a metabolite called methanethiol.What is this methanethiol metabolite made of that produces such a smell? Mostly sulfur, with a splash of hydrogen and carbon, a brew famous for its effect in rotten eggs, cabbages and paper mills.
Ah...that totally makes sense now.
I admit I really wanted a more interesting answer than that. I wanted to find out that asparagus is a magic vegetable so powerful, it cleans all your organs and makes them shiny and new like a baby's. Or maybe, if you saved your urine after eating asparagus, you could sprinkle it around you in a circle, close your eyes, spin three times, and make all your dreams come true.
But alas, that is not to be.
What crazy-ass things have you just had to Google? Please do share what you've learned because, what's better on a Thursday morning than a good dose of useless information?