Category: Garden Vegetable Plants
Facts about Asparagus. "Scientific name for Asparagus is Asparagus officinalis L.". A brief definition of asparagus is a tall plant of the lily family with feathery foliage, cultivated for its edible shoots. To grow the asparagus plant you first soak the crowns in compost tea for twenty minutes. There are several easy ways to make compost tea and you can find them online. One in particular that I found and seemed to be pretty easy had five steps. One fill a bucket one third the way full with a good quality compost. Two add water to finish filling the bucket to the top. Three let it steep for three or four days stirring it every so often. Four strain the mixture through cheesecloth, burlap or some type of porous fabric. Add the remaining solids to back to your compost bin. Five dilute the rest of the liquid with water making look similar to a weak tea. Later you can use it in many different ways depending on what kind of plant you are using it on. As you know you are going to use it to soak the asparagus in this situation. Next in the planting process you are going to dig a trench that is twelve inches (50.8 cm) wide and six inches (15.2 cm) deep in sandy soil. Make sure to put the crown in the soil 2 to 3 inches (5 to 7.6 cm) deep about 1 ½-2 feet (30 to 61 cm) apart.
Asparagus is a perennial plant which is important to know because it means that it continues to grow from the same plant season after season.
The largest produced of Asparagus is China, with Peru in second and than Germany is close behind. America ranks fifth virtually all of which is in Michigan, California and Washington.
Asparagus can be green, purple or white in color.
Peak season for Asparagus growth is April through late June.
The best asparagus to pick when buying are bright green stalks with a little purple tips.
also look for stalks that have a smooth skin surface, consistent in color and have a thick dry tip. Avoid shriveled or flimsy stalks. Shriveled stalks are a sign that they are old.
Asparagus are high in potassium, fiber and folate and also contains vitamin K along with many antioxidants, including vitamins A, C and E.
One spear of an asparagus contains no fat or cholesterol and has just 4 calories.
The growth of asparagus is very important because it is used in many things. The seed and root extract in asparagus is used in some alcoholic beverages. One of the things it is used for is its many nutrients. People often cook asparagus to go with their meals. Some might bread and put it in the fryer and others will steam it along with other vegetables. Since it has so many different nutrients it is also used to help with many medical needs and found in lots of medications. Asparagus is used along with large quantities of water as irrigation therapy to increase the output of urine in a person with a urinary tract infection or other common urinary problems that cause pain and swelling. Asparagus can also help to prevent kidney and bladder stones and anemia due to folic acid deficiency. It also helps with joint pain, hormone imbalances in women, dryness in the lungs and throat, constipation, nerve pain and diseases caused by parasites. Some people have used it to treat acne, clean their faces and dry out sores on their face.
Asparagus is believed to help cure cancer although this is not completely accurate, researchers have found that certain amino acids; that are found in asparagus, in combination with vitamin B6, which is also found in asparagus has shown to have cancer fighting agents. So asparagus might have some form of cancer combating properties to it after all. I say sign me up for the healthy train and give me some asparagus; it looks like it the ultimate medication for anything and everything.
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