Wild asparagus is native to Africa and a member of the Asparagaceae plant family.

 

Asparagus grows abundantly around irrigation ditches and marshes, has thin, pencil-like shoots. Through selective breeding and growing techniques, a thicker stem was developed to have more edible flesh. Asparagus should be snapped at a natural breaking point about three-quarters of the way down the stalk.

 

Some asparagus spears have a purplish hue, which are typically sweeter in flavour and tenderer than the green variety.

 

 

Health Benefits

 

  • Contains vitamin A, also known as retinol, because it produces pigments in the retina which support vision. (1)

 

  • Contains Vitamin E (tocopherol) which has strong antioxidant properties, meaning it reduces oxidative damage caused by oxygen, which can harm human tissue, cells, and organs. (2)

 

  • Low in fat, cholesterol, and sodium as well as high in fibre which helps to manage your weight and prevent cardiovascular disease. (3) (4)

 

  • Contains Vitamin K which helps to form blood clots to heal wounds quicker. (5)

 

  • Contains magnesium, zinc and selenium which are essential to maintain fluidity between cells. (6)

 

  • Contains the essential B-vitamins: thiamine, riboflavin, niacin and pyridoxine which combine to help with metabolic and digestive functions in the body. (7)

 

Asparagus Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 100 grams, raw

  Amt. Per
Serving
% Daily
Value*
Calories 20
Calories from Fat 1
Total Fat 0 g 0%
Saturated Fat 0 g 0 g
Trans Fat
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 2 mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 4 g 1%
Dietary Fibre 2 g 8%
Sugar 2 g
Protein 2 g
Vitamin A 15% Vitamin C 9%
Calcium 2% Iron 12%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie intake.

 

 

 

 

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