Characteristics : The stalks of the asparagus emerge from the ground. It has a rounded shape and is like s long stem that has thin leaves emerging from the joints. Some are purple. Some are light green. It is sweet and crunchy with a distinctive aroma.
Health Benefit : It is a source of vitamin K, vitamin B, folates, vitamin C and vitamin A, and is rich in B vitamins: B1, B2 and B6. The vegetable is also full of minerals such as zinc, copper, phosphorus, potassium and selenium. It is also high in fiber. There is about 3 grams of protein per 5.3 ounces. The vegetable is also a source of inulin, which is a type of fructo oligosaccharide. It helps increase the number of bacteria in the intestine as well as inhibit the growth of bacteria that cause diarrhea. It also contains Glutathione, which is an antioxidant.
150 grams of asparagus contains 60% of the folic acid your body requires daily. It is also a wonderful source of B6, B1, A, and C vitamins, as well as Potassium and fiber. It is low in calorie.
Researchers at the University of Ulster in Ireland have found that eating asparagus contributes to stimulating insulin secretion. Insulin is a hormone that controls blood sugar and the absorption of sugar into cells. The results of this research will continue to be used regarding the treatment of diabetes.
Asparagus is a major economic vegetable of Thailand. Thailand is well suited for the growth of asparagus, with average temperatures of 25 – 30 degrees Celsius, asparagus grows well throughout the year.
Season : September – January
Place of Origin : Nakorn Pathom, Supanburi