are the tender buds of the asparagus plant (Asparagus
officinalis), an entangled bush that grows spontaneously
in many regions of the world, especially in sandy dry
areas of the south of Europe, north of Africa and west
of Asia. More abundant than in any other place, they appear
in the Russian or Polish steppes, covering enormous extensions
and constituting a very habitual grass for livestock.
It belongs to the lily
family - Liliaceae, a wide family containing so well-known
plants in gardening as irises or tulips,
but also such appreciated plants in cookery as garlics
As cultivated plant it can be practically in all the areas
of the world.. These produce whiter and thicker buds than
the wild species.
detail of the edible bud of an asparagus plant.
Medicinal properties of asparagus
with carrot, and specially spinachs, it constitutes a good
beta carotene source ,an element that is very important
for the good health of our arteries, skin, or stomach. It also
maintains our vision in good state and constitutes a potent
is a very appropriate food for those who suffer retention of
liquids, so that it should be habitually eaten by obese
or arthritic people or by those who seek to reduce weight.
Among the components that exercise this diuretic function we
found some components as asparagine and arginine, two very abundant
amino acids in this plant, as well as glyceric and glycolic
acid, and fundamentally because of the action of saponins.
Calories of asparagus
They posses little caloric power - only 23 kcal for each 100
gr. - which allows to eat them abundantly without increasing
our weight. Equally they are very rich in potassium that intervenes
in the elimination of corporal liquids and in other very interesting
processes as the bony calcification, the good state of the heart,
the nervous system or the construction of the muscular mass.
Therefore, besides combating
obesity, the asparaguses should be used by those people
that suffer from dropsy or accumulation of liquids in the
organism; those that suffer from diabetes, or
those people that, due to a sedentary work, usually tend to
retain water or toxins in the articulations. (The same properties
can also be gotten if, instead of eating this bud, we carry
out one of the following preparations:
Decoction of 60 gr. of root for a liter of water during 5 minutes.
Two cups a day.
- To squeeze asparaguses and to take a couple of spoonfuls from
their juice a day.
wealth in fibers can be used to avoid constipation.
Asparagus folic acid
It constitutes, together with red beet, one of the vegetables with most rejuvenating properties whose consumption can maintain us younger for long. This property is due to the presence of folic acid, of which this plant is very rich. This acid contributes to the creation of new cells and also, together with iron, in the production of red blood cells. Methionine also intervenes in its creation beside being necessary for hair , fingernails or skin. Its consumption makes our skin to attain a younger and healthier aspect.
Zinc is another of the rejuvenating elements, very important for the good health of the brain and to increase fertility and libido. In the same way, this chemical is interesting for the good health of the hair, preventing baldness or alopecia To take advantage of these properties it would be convenient to eat this food raw, since the folic acid gets lost when cooking it . This is possible by cutting asparaguses in thin sheets to combine them with other vegetables in salads.
Asparaguses contain many minerals and vitamins, so that they
are very appropriate to carry out cures of asparaguses in
spring that will clean the organism and will avoid the appearance
of asthenia. They are very rich in vitamin C, another fundamental
antioxidant, necessary to eliminate waste elements that accumulate
in the organism after ingesting many commercial packed food
, plenty of preservatives and colorants that produce nitrosamines
very harmful for health. Also necessary for the formation of
collagen that is the base for bones, nerves or tendons, or the
absorption of the iron, whose deficiency causes cicatrizing
problems, a bad state of the teeth or lack of energy in general.
They contain a lot of vitamin E that favors the oxygenation
of the cells, increasing the corporal vigor and, as well as
vitamin C, it constitutes an essential antioxidant able to neutralize
the free radicals. It prevents the degeneration of the heart,
increases the libido and avoids spontaneous bleeding. For
their great content in vitamins of the group B and phosphorus,
they are very appropriate to combat the spring asthenia, to
eliminate the problems of nerves or to strengthen the mind.
An infusion of Asparagus buds can be very useful to lower cholesterol.
external use the resulting juice of the decoction during half
hour of a bundle of asparaguses can be used to eliminate
the stains of the face if we wash it with the resulting
liquid every morning and night.
Asparagus oxalic acid
Regarding this topic, there is a strong discussion whether asparaguses dissolve the kidney stones or if they are really responsible to form them . The most widespread opinion seems to be in favor of the first point of view. In spite of the diverse opinions, we should consider that they contain a moderate amount of oxalic acid, so people suffering from a tendency to develop calcium-oxalate kidney stones or gallstones should control its ingestion.
How to eat them?
would be ideal to eat them raw together with other vegetables
in salads. They can eaten alone if we add them some lemon drops.
The tips of wild asparaguses are delicious to carry out omelettes
and they can be used to elaborate a good soup just as we mention
of wild asparaguses
- 2 potatoes
- 1 bundle of wild asparaguses.
In a pot fry lightly the grated onion and the tender
tips of wild asparaguses once cut in little fragments.
Add a bit of salt.
Poor 3/4 of a liter of water.
- Cut the potatoes in thin slices and pour them in the
pot. Leave all boil for 20 minutes.
to serve it?
can serve this soup directly in a dish or we can crush
it with a mixer. Some aromatic herbs, such as rosemary
or thyme, can be added optionally.