Asparagus comes from the Greek aspharagos, meaning “sprout.” And who better to follow through the springtime greenery than Persephone, the Greek goddess of spring.
Asparagus has great medicinal value. The ancient Romans ate it raw or dried for curing aliments ranging from bee stings to toothaches. In our modern age, it is more commonly known for its diuretic and anti-inflammatory properties. High in potassium, the B vitamin folate, and folic acid, yet low in sodium. Asparagus contain a carbohydrate called inulin that the health-promoting friendly bacteria in our large intestine love, which makes it good for digestion.