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Considered a gastronomic delicacy since ancient times, green asparagus is a perennial garden plant belonging to the lily family, which also includes garlic, leek, and onion. Although most people prefer to eat green asparagus cooked, it is safe to eat raw.
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How to store
- 0 - 2ºc
- Wash before eating
Research into the health benefits of this fruit is currently being carried out in the following areas:
Protection of the nervous system
A HIGH NATURAL SOURCE OF VITAMIN K
One serving of green asparagus (1/2 a cup) provides 52% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin K. Although sometimes referred to as the “forgotten vitamin”, this vitamin is essential for blood clotting, preventing osteoporosis, and hardening of the arteries.
A GOOD NATURAL SOURCE OF VITAMIN C
Half a cup of green asparagus provides 9% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C. Vitamin C helps support the immune system; it also helps with wound healing, the production of collagen, and it increases the amount of iron that the body can absorb from plants. Green asparagus is also rich in antioxidants (flavonoids), which help our bodies fight toxins and free radicals.
A GOOD NATURAL SOURCE OF FOLATE
Half a cup of green asparagus provides 13% of the recommended daily intake of folate. Both folate and folic acid are a type of B vitamin; folate occurs naturally in food, while folic acid is the synthetic form. It is important for all women to take folic acid, especially those who are pregnant as it helps prevent birth defects.
A GOOD NATURAL SOURCE OF IRON
A serving of green asparagus (100 grams) provides 12% of the recommended daily intake of iron. Iron is needed for the production of hemoglobin, and it also helps build healthy muscles.
Also known as gorriones guts, mai farang, shatavari and espárrago, this vegetable is believed to have originated in Egypt; in fact, it is depicted in Egyptian art dating back more than 5,000 years. During the Italian Renaissance, the asparagus was regarded as a natural aphrodisiac, and as such, it was forbidden in monasteries. In 17th century France, King Louis XIV had asparagus growing in the palace gardens as they were considered an exquisité. In Colombia, green asparagus are grown in the region known as the Coffee Belt. Did you know that the cultivation of white asparagus was developed in the 19th century? This type of asparagus is white because it grows underground and it doesn’t receive any sunlight; therefore, it doesn’t develop chlorophyll, which gives vegetables their green color. There are two main varieties of asparagus: white and green. In traditional medicine, the asparagus root is used to treat infertility and some symptoms of menopause.
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