Common Name: Asparagus
Botanical Name: Asparagus officinalis L.
Growing Area:Grown in temperate regions worldwide
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Asparagus is a perennial, herbaceous plant that can grow 39-59 inches tall when fully mature. It boasts green feathery foliage, as well as small bell-shaped flowers that range from whitish-green to yellow in color. The Asparagus plant also produces small red berries which are poisonous to humans. However, the most commonly utilized part of the Asparagus plant are the very young Asparagus shoots, harvested before the buds begin to open, which is when the tender spears begin to turn hard and woody. This tasty vegetable was cultivated by the ancient Greeks, Romans and Egyptians.
Nutrients & Applications:
Not only is Asparagus low in calories, it is also plentiful in a vast array of important nutrients such as Pantothenic Acid, Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc and Selenium, and is also a very good source of Dietary Fiber, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Niacin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Iron, Phosphorus, Potassium, Copper and Manganese. In addition to all that, Asparagus contains Vitamin A which is beneficial for skin health by promoting the production of collagen. Asparagus has also been shown to boast several varieties of antioxidants as well as the carbohydrate inulin, a fiber that is indigestible by humans (and therefore low in calories) yet very nourishing for the good bacteria lining the intestines. Asparagus contains the anti-inflammatory nutrients asparagus saponins, including asparanin A, sarsasapogenin, protodioscin, and diosgenin. Saponin compounds are also helpful in maintaining normal cholesterol levels. Research has also shown that Asparagus may be helpful in promoting cardiovascular health as well as blood sugar regulation.*