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Asparagus officinalis

Wild asparagus berries are shiny red when ripe.

Wild asparagus flowers on fern-like branches.

Wild asparagus seeds.

  • Wild asparagus was first cultivated as a food source by the Romans 2000 years ago.

  • The fresh juice, taken in small doses, is said to act medicinally as a diuretic and laxative. Roots were used by Ancient Chinese herbalists to treat many ailments, such as arthritis and infertility.