Whole Foods Yanks $6 'Asparagus Water' After Internet Freakout

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Whole Foods took their ridiculousness to a new level recently by selling “asparagus water,” which was just three or four stalks of the vegetable in a 16 ounce water bottle sold for $6. After the internet nearly laughed itself to death, the product is no longer available.


On Tuesday, a Los Angeles Whole Check customer saw the “asparagus water” and posted a photo of the item on Instagram with this caption, “Somewhere in L.A., Whole Foods executives are laughing at all of us.”


Then others on social media joined in creating the term of the day, “Asparagus Water(gate).”

Whole Check then sent in reinforcements and, according to CBS News, a publicist jumped into the fray.

“We actually don’t sell asparagus water in our stores,” Whole Foods Market Senior Media Relations Specialist Liz Burkhart told CBS News. “We looked into the item as soon as it was brought to our attention.”

The water was “carried briefly” in just one store in Brentwood, California, but it has now been removed.

“It was meant to be water with the essence of vegetables and/or mushrooms (similar to bone broth), which is typically made over a long period of time soaking in water,” Burkhart explained. “It was made incorrectly and has since been removed.”


How could three stalks of asparagus sat in cold water that clearly hadn’t been boiled with other vegetables or bones, let alone boiled at all, be a… broth? Not to mention, who wants asparagus broth? Ew.

Asparagus Water(gate) comes after the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs announced the store was overcharging customers at a number of locations and the owners made an awkward apology.


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The term “asparagus water” makes me think about how asparagus pee smells.