Asparagus, Asparagus officinalis

Asparagus officinalis
Description: The spring growth of this plant resembles a cluster of green fingers. The mature plant has fernlike, 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 fencerows.
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.



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