Stems

Asparagus

- Asparagus was first grown in Greece about 2,500 years ago. That's one old vegetable!
- Here in the US, we usually see green asparagus, but you can also find it in white and purple.
- Asparagus takes a LONG time to grow. One plant can take 2 years to be ready for harvest BUT   then it can grow for up to 15 years without having to be replanted.


Celery

- Celery is another stem vegetable. Ancient Chinese people used it as medicine at first.
- Celery has a very interesting family tree: Celery is a member of the Umbelliferae family, which also includes   carrots, parsley, dill, cilantro, caraway, cumin, and the poisonous hemlock. Try out 'Umbelliferae' for a last   name!



Fish

- There are over 28,000 kinds of fish in the world but the most popular ones that we
  eat are tuna, cod, halibut and salmon.

- Salmon are VERY interesting fish, and one of the healthiest! Some salmon can carry
  over 4,000 eggs – that's a lot of baby salmon! They also swim from the ocean into
  fresh water to lay their eggs, which can be more than 500 miles. I bet that's a lot
  further than your mom traveled to have you!