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In the Garden | Culinary | Fragrance | Medicinal use
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Young Asparagus shoot
Asparagus has been cultivated for over 2000 years as a vegetable and also as a medicinal herb for its diuretic effects.
In the GardenGrowth Characteristics:
- Perennial, Dormant in winter, Frost hardy,
- Height: ±1m; Spread: ±70cm,
- Full sun; Well drained, composted soil,
- Young spears (shoots) are cut in late spring and summer from established plants when about 20cm long, then eaten fresh or used for medicinal preparation,
- Allow the foliage to develop and grow during late summer and autumn, as this is necessary for the following season's crop.
- Rhizomes and tubers are lifted when dormant and boiled before drying for decoctions and powders,
- Year after year the crop of shoots will improve in quantity and size. A plant can be productive for up to 20 years.
- WARNING: Berries are harmful if eaten.
- Vegetables: Plant with Tomato,
- Herbs: Plant with Parsley, Basil (repellant for asparagus beetle), Nasturtium, Marigold,
- Do not plant with: Onions,
Use young Asparagus shoots:
- Steamed or lightly boiled and served hot or cold as a vegetable.
- As a warm dish it can be served with a lemon and butter sauce or with a cheese sauce.
- Cold, with an oil-and-vinegar dressing,
- Puréed or finely chopped in soups,
Asparagus may be beneficial in the following cases:
- A source of folic acid and selenium,
|Nervous System |
- Neuritis - inflammation or deterioration of a nerve, usually peripheral,
|Endocrine System |
- Asparagus root contains steroidal glycosides, which affects hormone production,
|Cardiovascular System |
- It is very nutritious and is essential for the production of red blood cells,
- Acts as a tonic to the liver, and may be used in cases of liver congestion and conditions such as hepatitis to encourage healing,
|Digestive system |
- Beneficial for digestion,
|Urinary System |
- Cystitis, Pyelitis, Kidney disease,
- A gentle diuretic to increase the flow of urine. Oedema from heart failure, Swollen ankles,
|Reproductive System |
- May help control the symptoms of PMS, including breast tenderness and abdominal bloating,
|Musculo / Skeletal System |
- Because of the anti-inflammatory action of the steroidal glycosides, it may be beneficial for rheumatism, gout,
Preparation and dosage:
- Recognized as safe by the FDA. It has no known toxicology. As with all cholagogues, persons with acute gallstones should exercise extreme care in using such agents.
- No adverse effects expected when used during pregnancy and lactation,