EN on Foods

April 2015 Issue

A is for Asparagus

The folklore. A harbinger of spring, the name asparagus (asparagaceae) comes from an old Greek word meaning “stalk or shoot.” The plant is a member of the lily family, which originated in the eastern Mediterranean where it still grows wild. Asparagus was used in traditional medicine to treat all manner of conditions, such as heart ailments, dropsy, toothaches, skin conditions, bee stings, fertility, and even hangovers.

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