The United States imported almost 200 million pounds of fresh asparagus from Peru in 2018, according to a USDA report. This year’s volume is expected to be about the same as shipments have been fairly steady over the last five years.
While Peruvian imported asparagus is shipped to the United States throughout the year, its peak season is the fall months; basically now through December.
Research shows about one-third of U.S. consumers purchased asparagus within the past 12 months, with shoppers who live in the West being the most prolific consumers of the product. Surveys reveal 39 percent of those in the West purchase asparagus annually, while the Northeast checks in at 33 percent and both the Midwest and South figures show that about 28 percent of those respective populations purchased asparagus in the previous year.