Asperges

New harvest of green asparagus vegetable in spring season, green asparagus growing up from the ground on farm close up

Asparagus officinalis

Asparagus (Wikipedia)

Asparagus
Asparagus-Bundle.jpg
A bundle of cultivated asparagus
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom:Plantae
Clade:Tracheophytes
Clade:Angiosperms
Clade:Monocots
Order:Asparagales
Family:Asparagaceae
Subfamily:Asparagoideae
Genus:Asparagus
Species:
A. officinalis
Binomial name
Asparagus officinalis
Synonyms
List
  • Asparagus altilis (L.) Asch.
  • Asparagus caspius Schult. & Schult.f.
  • Asparagus esculentus Salisb.
  • Asparagus fiori Sennen
  • Asparagus hedecarpus Andrews ex Baker"
  • Asparagus hortensis Mill. ex Baker
  • Asparagus littoralis Steven
  • Asparagus oxycarpus Steven
  • Asparagus paragus Gueldenst. ex Ledeb.
  • Asparagus polyphyllus Steven ex Ledeb.
  • Asparagus sativus Mill.
  • Asparagus setiformis Krylov
  • Asparagus vulgaris Gueldenst. ex Ledeb.
A multitude of cultivated asparagus bundles
External video
Julia Child at KUHT.jpg
video icon The French Chef; Asparagus From Tip to Butt, Julia Child, 25 April 1966, 29:16, WGBH Open Vault
Asparagus
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy85 kJ (20 kcal)
4 g
Sugars1.88 g
Dietary fibre2.1 g
0.12 g
2.2 g
VitaminsQuantity
%DV
Vitamin A equiv.
5%
38 μg
4%
449 μg
710 μg
Thiamine (B1)
12%
0.143 mg
Riboflavin (B2)
12%
0.141 mg
Niacin (B3)
7%
0.978 mg
Pantothenic acid (B5)
5%
0.274 mg
Vitamin B6
7%
0.091 mg
Folate (B9)
13%
52 μg
Choline
3%
16 mg
Vitamin C
7%
5.6 mg
Vitamin E
7%
1.1 mg
Vitamin K
40%
41.6 μg
MineralsQuantity
%DV
Calcium
2%
24 mg
Iron
16%
2.14 mg
Magnesium
4%
14 mg
Manganese
8%
0.158 mg
Phosphorus
7%
52 mg
Potassium
4%
202 mg
Sodium
0%
2 mg
Zinc
6%
0.54 mg

Percentages are roughly approximated using US recommendations for adults.
Source: USDA FoodData Central
Serving of "white asparagus" with Hollandaise sauce and potatoes

Asparagus, or garden asparagus, folk name sparrow grass, scientific name Asparagus officinalis, is a perennial flowering plant species in the genus Asparagus. Its young shoots are used as a spring vegetable.

It was once classified in the lily family, like the related Allium species, onions and garlic. However, genetic research places lilies, Allium, and asparagus in three separate families—the Liliaceae, Amaryllidaceae, and Asparagaceae, respectively— the Amaryllidaceae and Asparagaceae are grouped together in the order Asparagales. Sources differ as to the native range of Asparagus officinalis, but generally include most of Europe and western temperate Asia. It is widely cultivated as a vegetable crop.

Asparagus (Wiktionary)

English

Etymology

Borrowed from Medieval Latin asparagus, sparagus, from Ancient Greek ἀσπάραγος (aspáragos), variant of ἀσφάραγος (aspháragos). Displaced Old English eorþnafola.

Pronunciation

  • (US) IPA(key): /əˈspɛɹ.ə.ɡəs/, /əˈspæɹ.ə.ɡəs/
  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /əˈspæɹ.ə.ɡəs/

Noun

asparagus (plural asparagus or

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