So, being a good researcher, I looked into it. I found lots of info about it! (Is it strange that when you go to the doctor that they don't tell you this nutritional information.) Anyway, what I found was:
- Asparagus used to be a delicacy in one of the 10 or 12 dishes offered in Chinese Wedding Feasts.
- It is noted as an epicurean delight and also for its medicinal qualities.
- The origin of asparagus was in the eastern Mediterranean region but now it has spread throughout the world.
- In the 18th century, King Louis XIV of France popularized the asparagus.
- Asparagus is one of nature's most perfect foods.
- Asparagus are poor in calories and loaded with vitamins and minerals.
- Asparagus also contains the phyto-chemical glutathione, which has antioxidant and anticarcinogenic properties.
- According to the National Cancer Institute, asparagus is the highest tested food containing glutathione, one of the body's most potent cancer fighters. Glutathione is involved in detoxification. It binds to fat-soluble toxins, sucha as heavy metals, solvents, and pesticides, and transforms them into a water-soluble form that can be excreted in the urine.
- Additionally, asparagus is high in rutin, which is valuable in strengthening the blood vessels.
These history facts are from an internet article. The medical properties of asparagus are taken from the writing of Lucinda Ball of the UK written in 2005.