Asparagus Pee

Hmm. Strange one this. Apparently some of us do and some of us don’t. Have stinky pee after eating asparagus that is. I know I’ve raised the odd eyebrow at the odd dining occasion when enquiring of my fellow eaters if their pee smells after eating asparagus. For those of us in the know, we’ve developed a code for the micturition of stinky pee; we nod knowingly at each other and proclaim having had a moment, or an asparagus moment if you prefer.

After rummaging round in various parts of the ‘net, I’ve come to the conclusion that nobody really knows why, not even the venerable urologist. Some suggest that it is the consumer of asparagus that it the offender, others suggest that the beauty is in the eye of the beholder as it were, or in this case the nose of the offender. What has been established though is that in one poll, only 22% of respondents have fessed up to the affliction.

One thing is for sure, cometh the season, cometh the odiferous pee. About mid to late April for us here in Ireland. And I’ll be there, polling my eating-mates about my preoccupation.

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In the meantime, while waiting for your P-shirt to arrive, you can gently poach a few of the mighty spears for a few minutes, crank on your grill, lay the poached asparagi on the griddle, sprinkly with shaved parmesan, a little balsamic and grill till bubbling. Delicious. Or use your broiler of you’re so geographically disposed.

An excellent source of vitamins A, B and C.

One Reply to “Asparagus Pee”

  1. Someone I know claims that it’s an olfactory gene – i.e. it’s not that our pee stinks or not, it’s that we can smell it or not.

    Mind you, this guy claimed Miles Davis played the trumpet on the Batman TV show theme, so what would he know?

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