Native to the eastern Mediterranean and Asia Minor, the common "Asparagus" or sometimes known as just "grass" by large crop growers, is one of several edible species, but the one found in your local grocery store is by far the most nutrient dense.
Some ancient cultures believed in eating asparagus only when found in the wild while other cultures began farming and cultivating asparagus in as early as 200 B.C.
The asparagus plant can remain impressively productive for up to 35 years and unlike other typical self pollinating plants, the asparagus is a dioecious plant, relying on two forms of the plant growing side by side to effectively create its seed bearing fruit. Other notably beauty benefiting dioecious plants are spinach, gingko, and dates.
⇒If you think a single plant living for 35 is remarkable, check out the Peony flower who can live for up to 100 years!
the health benefits
Asparagus also contains micronutrients such as 13% of your daily necessary intake of copper, 16% of iron, and 11% of manganese. This remarkable vegetable can boost your immunity and fight cancer due to the concentration of saponins, which have been found to induce cancer cell death. Check out more about that here.
Asparagus is also a natural diuretic which helps flush waste out of the kidneys which can correct hormonal imbalances and prevent skin breakouts such as acne, eczema, and other rashes.
The Vitamin A rich asparagus assists in the reduction of sebum leading to less acne breakouts and less blocked pores.
The antioxidants help fight inflammation assisting in pain relief for headaches, backaches, rheumatism, and even gout. The folate and Vitamin C are beneficial for growing strong and healthy hair.
Recommended to boost hair growth, the high levels of Vitamin A keeps your scalp well moisturize while the levels of Vitamin C helps promote collagen production to strengthen your strands.
Add it to your diet
Protect your body from the inside out by regularly including Asparagus into your diet.
Chop it up in your salad, steam or pan fry a handful, include them in your bowl of soup, wrap them with vegan friendly bacon, sauté them with oil, or even try them pickled!