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Asparagus, or garden asparagus, folk name sparrow grass, scientific name Asparagus officinalis, is a perennial flowering plant species in the genus Asparagus. Its young shoots are used as a spring vegetable.

It was once classified in the lily family, like the related Allium species, onions and garlic. However, genetic research places lilies, Allium, and asparagus in three separate families—the Liliaceae, Amaryllidaceae, and Asparagaceae, respectively— the Amaryllidaceae and Asparagaceae are grouped together in the order Asparagales. Sources differ as to the native range of Asparagus officinalis, but generally include most of Europe and western temperate Asia. It is widely cultivated as a vegetable crop.

Asparagus is known for making pee smell funny. But it has many health benefits. For example, asparagus can help with weight loss, help prevent urinary tract infections, promote reproductive health, and even be a mood booster. Asparagus is packed with nutrients, including vitamins A, C, E, K, and B6, folate, iron, potassium, copper, calcium, and protein. Plus, it's a rich source of antioxidants.

Now for the fun stuff, a few recipes.

asparagus risotto
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asparagus pasta
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grilled vegetables
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