Vegetable of the month: Asparagus

Asparagus is often available year-round. But spring is the peak season for this popular vegetable, with April being the prime month. In the market, look for bright green stalks with firm, tight tips (which may have a purplish cast).

If you notice that your urine smells a bit unpleasant after you eat asparagus, you're definitely not alone. The odor comes from sulfur-containing chemicals that form when your body metabolizes asparagusic acid, a compound found in the vegetable. Not everyone notices this phenomenon, however, either because they metabolize the chemical differently or because of an inherited inability to perceive the smell.

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