Your mom told you to eat your veggies when you were a kid but did you know that a popular one grows in the ditches?  True story!  Yesterday at the grocery store, the price tag on asparagus was $5.99 but this veggie can be found in ditches throughout Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois for free!

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I grew up in Iowa and all over Fort Dodge were ditches full of asparagus.  To tell you the truth, I thought that was where all of the asparagus grew.  I had no idea people tried to grow these in their garden.  You could just drive outside of town and get a whole bunch from the ditch if you really wanted to.  And right now, it is growing and looking amazing and ready for you to snatch up and throw on the grill.

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Photo by Amy Burk on Unsplash
Photo by Amy Burk on Unsplash

If you see asparagus growing, here are a few things to know:

  • Be careful of areas that have been sprayed with chemicals.  If something was sprayed on a plant to kill it, you probably don't want that going in your body.
  • Do NOT just pull the asparagus out of the ground.  Move some of the dirt away and cut about 1 centimeter down.  You can check out the YouTube video below to learn why this is important.

Are you still hung up on the "makes your pee smell" thing?

I doubt you've ever talked to a random person in the elevator at Mayo Clinic about what your pee smells like, but we are going to open up that can of worms here.  Why?  Because asparagus is one of the many foods and drinks that has a tendency to make your urine smell a little funky.  I've got a whole list for you below...and scroll to the end to see the one that is going to shock you!

9 Foods or Drinks that Could Make Your Pee Smell

I'm a huge fan of asparagus! I love it and am basically the only one in our house that devours the green veggie. But whenever I make it my family loves to say, "it's going to make your pee smell.". Ok, it does for some people but I decided I wanted to figure out what foods they eat where I could say the same thing back to them. So, I did a little Google searching and found out there are quite a few foods and drinks that make your urine have a bad or change in smell. Thanks to Google, Wikipedia, and a site called, I found a whole bunch!

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