Asparagus is the oldest culture. About this plant was known four thousand years ago before our era. It is believed that the first to appreciate its taste and useful properties were the ancient Egyptians. Asparagus was used as a medicine against many diseases. Not for nothing is the translation of asparagus from the Latin language - "medicinal".
Earlier, asparagus could affordOnly rich segments of the population - pharaohs, emperors, patricians. Later - French kings, Italian bishops. It was constantly consumed as food, until in the Middle Ages the amount of harvest sharply decreased. The art of care for asparagus was gradually forgotten. And only on the eve of the Renaissance, thanks to the crusaders, the vegetable was again grown and used.
How useful asparagus
Asparagus is the leader in nutritional and healing properties. It was from asparagus that the amino acid asparagine, useful for the human body, was obtained. It has a diuretic effect, removes toxins from the body. The plant has a beneficial effect on the work of the heart, blood vessels, blood pressure.
Green shoots are rich in plentyMicroelements. This is zinc, sulfur, potassium, iron. And vitamin C in asparagus is as much as it is in beets, patissons, beans. The amount of carotene is the same as in carrots and green peas.
Asparagus as a remedy
Thanks to its useful composition, the vegetable was soIn demand by ancient healers. First of all, it was used as a medicine against ailments, and only then as a food product. For example, in China, asparagus was prescribed for coughing. She was also treated with abscesses and male infertility. It was believed that asparagus improves the quality of sperm.
The Egyptians treated liver and kidney disease. In Rome, residents wore amulets with an image of this plant and considered it, almost a panacea for many diseases. Potassium improves kidney function. Zinc has a beneficial effect on connective tissue. Also in the plant are vitamins of group B, vitamin A, proteins and carbohydrates.
Asparagus contains folic acid,Effective for congenital heart diseases. Also, folic acid helps restore the body after stress and fatigue. Improves the circulation of magnesium and iron. And calcium and phosphorus are indispensable components in the formation of bone tissue.
How to cook asparagus
In cooking, green, whiteAnd purple asparagus. In this case, white asparagus does not need light at all, and therefore chlorophyll is absent in its cells. It is also interesting that asparagus is a close relative of garlic and onions.
The most popular and easy way of cookingThis vegetable - tie the shoots together and place in a narrow pot with boiling water so that the stems are in the water, and the heads above it. As prepared in this way, asparagus is served, usually with a Dutch sauce.