Plants and Health

Asparagus: benefits and virtues


Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis) is a rhizomatous perennial belonging to the Liliaceae family.

Originating in Europe and West Asia, it was already used for its therapeutic properties in antiquity and today we recognize many benefits and virtues on our health.

  • Vegetable garden: how to grow asparagus well
  • Kitchen: recipes with asparagus

Asparagus and its health benefits

  • Rich in potassium, magnesium and vitamins B and C, asparagus helps cover ourdaily nutritional needs with a very low calorie intake: it can be consumed without moderation.
  • Asparagus has propertiesantioxidants that would reduce the damage caused byfree radicals in the body, involved in the appearance of cardiovascular illnesses, from some cancers and other diseases related to aging cells.
  • Asparagus also contains soft fibers well tolerated by the body and which have a stimulating effect on intestinal transit.
  • Recognized for itsdiuretic virtues, asparagus is effective against Water retention and thearterial hypertension. It is often recommended to prevent edema of the lower limbs. Attention, asparagus is not recommended in case of disorders inflammatory urinary tract or stones.
  • Good to know : in case of ingestion of a small sharp object (pin or spit type), eat a good quantity of cooked asparagus with their stringy tails. These are not digestive, they will coat the object that you can thusevacuate without fear.

Growing asparagus for its benefits

  • Asparagus needsfull sun But gentle heat, and a sandy, deep, cool and humus-rich soil.
  • You'll need wait three years before you can enjoy your first asparagus, then a plantation will produce a bunch of asparagus per plant for ten years.
  • Asparagus growsunderground and remains white as long as it moves through the ground, in complete darkness. But, as soon as it is in the light of day, it turns topurple, then togreen. Picking is therefore a race against time because asparagus can growup to 15 cm in one day !
  • Vegetable garden: how to grow asparagus well

If your asparagus is attacked by claw rot(a purple mushroom) you must immediately pluck them. And in this specific case, never replant asparagus in the same place.

If the earth is too wet, rust will dry out the asparagus leaves. About the asparagus fly, it lays its eggs at the tip of the spears and makes them incompatible. Finally, the beetle (a beetle) mines and destroys the stems.

Asparagus in the kitchen for its benefits

  • Be sure to choose your asparagus carefully! The rod should be straight, smooth and firm, the bud should have tight scales, and the heel should be slightly shiny and damp.
  • Cooked asparagus, hot or cold, can be served with different sauces: white, hollandaise, mousseline or vinaigrette. It is also delicious in a Omelette or with boiled eggs: it replaces the traditional mouillettes!
  • You can keep thebunch asparagus up to three days in the refrigerator crisper, wrapped in a cloth, tips facing up.
  • Cooked asparagus cannot be stored. They lose their flavor and become soft.
  • Kitchen: recipes with asparagus

Nutritional intake

30 kcal / 100 g. Asparagus is strongly recommended in diets because it is very diuretic. In addition, it provides vitamins A, B1, B2, B5, B6, C, PP, cobalt, calcium, phosphorus and manganese.

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