Whole Foods Apologizes For Accidentally Selling $6 Bottles Of “Asparagus Water”

While there are many ridiculous food trends out there, most food faddists would be forced to take pause at a $6 bottle of water with a few asparagus stalks hanging out in it. And to our supreme relief, it turns out that not even Whole Foods is willing to go that far into the realm of unnecessary products, calling a recent “Asparagus Water” offering a mistake.

Eater.com followed up on an Instagram post with an image of bottles of water displayed for sale at $5.99, each with three stalks of asparagus hanging out inside, at a Brentwood, CA Whole Foods store:

Somewhere in L.A., Whole Foods executives are laughing at all of us.

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Eater made a few calls, as the date on the bottles is current, and of course wanted to know how could this possibly be a real thing, if this is the world we’re living in now, etc.: a worker in the produce department explained that the bottles have been on the shelf for the last few days, and added that the product is exactly what it seems.

“It’s water, and we sort of cut asparagus stalks down so they’re shorter, and put them into the container,” he told Eater, adding that it’s meant to be a beverage, and that the “nutrients from the asparagus do transfer into the water.”

However, rest easy, folks. Whole Foods corporate says this was never meant to be, and it will not be selling Asparagus Water anytime soon. A media relations rep told Eater that the water’s appearance on the shelf was a mixup:

“We appreciate you bringing this to our attention. We looked into this right away and found that this item was being carried in just one of our stores in California,” the rep explained. “It was meant to be water with the essence of vegetables and/or mushrooms to be used as broth (similar to a bone broth), which are typically made over a long period of time soaking in water. The product was made incorrectly and has since been removed from the one store where it was carried.”

The rep added that to clarify, Asparagus Water is not a thing, it will never be a thing, and it only happened once in that one California store. If you want it, you’ll just have to make your own at home.

Whole Foods’ $6 Asparagus Water Is Just Water With Three Stalks of Asparagus in It [Eater.com]