This week, the Internet was shocked by a photo of a real Whole Foods product: asparagus water. No, this is not some fancy asparagus-flavored water or asparagus juice. The associate editor of the Los Angeles Times posted a photo to Instagram of the laughably overpriced $6 bottles of water with three stalks of asparagus inside, and it quickly went viral.
Your eyes do not deceive you: the ingredients do actually say “asparagus and water.” Whole Foods has since removed the product, claiming that it was prepared incorrectly. The asparagus water was meant to be infused with asparagus, not have the stalks just floating around in the bottle, according to CBS.
“We actually don't sell asparagus water in our stores," Whole Foods senior media relations specialist Liz Burkhart told CBS News. "We looked into the item as soon as it was brought to our attention."
Mistake or not, when the asparagus water was spotted, people had no qualms expressing their aspara-disgust for the product and noting that it symbolizes our current obsession with uber-healthy, organic, grass-fed everything.
— I AM THE GREATEST (@ThomasWillie) August 4, 2015
tell me why Whole Food is selling three pieces of asparagus in a glass water.......for $5.99???
— paris (@chibisika) August 3, 2015
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.
— Mark Schofield (@MarkSchofield) August 3, 2015