Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Asparagus officinalis

The spring growth of this plant resembles a cluster of green fingers. (It looks just like the asparagus you find in the supemarket) The mature plant has fern-like, wispy foliage and red berries. Its flowers are small and greenish in color. Several species have sharp, thorn like structures.
Habitat and Distribution

Asparagus is found worldwide in temperate areas. Look for it in fields, old home sites, and fence rows.
Edible Parts

Eat the young stems before leaves form. Steam or boil them for 10 to 15 minutes before eating. Raw asparagus may cause nausea or diarrhea. The fleshy roots are a good source of starch.

Do not eat the fruits of any since some are toxic.

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