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Scientific Name: Asparagus officinalis

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Asparagus officinalis
Asparagus officinalis
Asparagus officinalis


  • Perennial
  • Perennial with upright stems that appear in spring as stout fleshy shoots.
  • Hardy plant that needs rich, well-drained soil in sun.
  • Young 'spears' (shoots) are cut in late spring from established plants when about 23cm. high - and eaten fresh or juiced.

Culinary Uses

  • Spears are steamed and served hot or cold as a vegetable, and pure├ęd or finely chopped in soups.

Parts Used

  • Young shoots and rhizomes.

Medicinal Uses. It is said that

  • Strong diuretic - useful for variety of urinary problems, including cystitis
  • Treat rheumatism and gout - flush waste products accumulated in the joints, out of the body into the urine
  • Bitter digestive stimulant
  • Mildly laxative and sedative
  • Source of folic acid and selenium
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