Why Do Asparagus Make Your Pee Smell Funny?

Rappahannock River Asparagus - fresh off the farm truck

Rappahannock River Asparagus - fresh off the farm truck

Potato Gnocchi with asparagus, morel mushrooms and fiddlehead ferns

Potato Gnocchi with asparagus, morel mushrooms and fiddlehead ferns

 

As the weather & seasons change, of course so do the gifts from mother nature. There is nothing better than eating fresh produce in its dominant season.  As for asparagus, its Mid-Atlantic season begins in late February and runs through July. Although asparagus season is somewhat brief, the freshness and vibrancy of each crunchy stalk is well worth the wait. The origins of this delicious forest green vegetable date back to early Greece, where it was believed that asparagus contained medicinal properties that cured toothaches.

As for the disturbing smell of your urine, the reason is because of one special chemical that is only found in asparagus: Asparagusic

[uh-spar-uh-guh- sick] acid. After your body digests the asparagus, the chemical is broken down into sulfur-containing compounds which only take 15-30 minutes for the distinctive aroma to be generated.  Although eating this distinctive vegetable may result in a not-entirely-pleasant smell, asparagus contains a compound that destroys carcinogens, which helps fight against certain cancers.

At Equinox, we are busy preparing this delicious stalk in a variety of dishes, such as Pan Seared Diver Scallops with Pineapple Caper Butter, Grilled Asparagus & Artichoke Chips & Grilled Angus Beef Hanger Steak with Spinach & Ricotta Gundi, Spring Asparagus and Celery Root Mousseline.