As a member of the Lily family, Asparagus is
a spring vegetable that grows from a crown
that is planted about a foot deep in sandy soils.
Under ideal conditions, an Asparagus spear can
grow 10 inches in a 24-hour period and reach
up to 59 inches high. Asparagus is a nutrientdense
food high in Folic Acid and is a good
source of potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin B6,
vitamins A and C and thiamin. With no fat,
no cholesterol and low amounts of sodium,
Asparagus truly is one of Kingston’s favorite
Asparagus has a long history that dates back
to the first century. Records exist of the
tall green plant growing in ancient Greece
and Rome. Ancient Egyptians cultivated
asparagus for medicinal reasons and legend has
it that it was so revered, they offered it to gods
in their rituals.
The Ancient Greeks and Romans used a
Persian word “asparag” which meant shoot.
The term sperage became popular for many
years and in the 16th century we find the term
“sparagus” used in English speaking countries.
Peasants would call it “ sparrow grass”. During
the 19th century, Asparagus gained popularity
as mass cultivation started in the United States.
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