If you're wondering whether a $5.99 bottle of asparagus water has actually become a thing, it has—but neither Whole Foods nor consumers are letting it be more than a fleeting fad, reports Consumerist. It started Monday when a Los Angeles magazine editor posted a photo of the offending bottles at a California Whole Foods store on Instagram, reports CBS News. "Somewhere in L.A., Whole Foods executives are laughing at all of us," she wrote. The photo began to spread, as these things do, and by the time Eater reported on it people were taking to Twitter with such comments as, "If any of you ever catch me buying a $6 bottle of 'asparagus water' at Whole Foods—or anywhere—you are free to punch me on sight." Whole Foods responded quickly to "Asparagus Water(gate)."
"We appreciate you bringing this to our attention," a rep wrote to Eater. "We looked into this right away and found that this item was being carried in just one of our stores in California." She claims it was supposed to be water with the "essence of vegetables" to be used as broth, but it was "made incorrectly and has since been removed from the one store where it was carried." (This is after Eater talked to a store employee who said it had been on the shelf for a few days, is meant for drinking, and oh yeah, "The nutrients from the asparagus do transfer into the water.") But back to the official line, per Eater: "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." (It turns out the No. 1 organic grocer isn't who you think.)