Asparagus is an incredibly popular vegetable crop. What's the secret? Why is it so actively cultivated and called miracle plant and the royal vegetable?
Asparagus (in Greek, this word means "shoot") is unpretentious and cold-resistant. It feels great in the wild: you can meet its thickets throughout Europe, Asia, Africa, and even in Siberia. The secret is that it fairly easy bear extreme cold, down to -30 ° C. But it may suffer from small spring frosts (about -5 ° C). This is a perennial herbaceous plant, reaching a height of 1.5 m. It can grow for about 20 years at one place, forming more than 50 shoots during this time.
This member of Asparagaceae family is notable for not just the great taste but for unique composition. Its shoots contain such necessary for human body elements as:
- beta-carotene and choline;
- thiamine and niacin;
- folic and ascorbic acid;
- potassium and iron;
- magnesium and calcium;
- sodium, phosphorus, copper, manganese and selenium.