Asparagus - Health Benefits of Asparagus Tree
Botanical Name: Asparagus officinalis
Family Name : Liliaceae
The generic name is derived from the Greek spargao, turgid. Asparagus grows on a perennial plant with a small rhizome, the stems can grow to over 61/2 ft. (2m.). It has many long, delicate branches and subulate branch lets which resemble leaves. The shoots grow directly from the rhizome. The fruit is red berry containing four seeds.
Asparagus is grown from 1-year-old plants or "crowns" planted in January or February. Crowns grow from seed planted in flats or peat cups in October for January transplanting, or they are transplanted from an existing asparagus bed. To get healthy, vigorous plants, buy 1-year-old crowns from a nursery or garden center or order them from a seed catalog. It takes 1 year to grow a good crown.
Origin and Distribution
Asparagus was first cultivated 2000 years ago in the Mediterranean and Asia Minor. The Greeks and Romans loved asparagus for its flavor, texture, and medicinal qualities. While the Greeks never seemed to garden asparagus, the Romans had specific directions on how to cultivate asparagus by 200 BC. They would eat the asparagus in season as well as preserve it for later consumption by freezing. Asparagus gained popularity in France in England in the 16th Century and was then introduced to North America. It is available abundantly in India, China, Britain, Taiwan, Africa and Malaysia.
Properties of asparagus
Diuretic, anti-plethoric, anti-dropsical, aphrodisiac, anti-leukaemic etc.
Forms of Use :- Decoction, tincture, pulp, powder.
Food Value of asparagus
Analysis of asparagus provides following composition (per 100 g):
Medicinal Uses & benefits
Note: Its consumption is not recommended for anyone suffering from kidney stones, cystitis, diabetes, nephritis or gout.
Asparagus is a delicacy and is mainly served cooked as a starter, side-dish or with ham and sauce as a main dish. Asparagus is also processed for canning and used for salads, soups etc..
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