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Related to asparagus officinalis: Asparagus racemosus
Somehow normal everyday asparagus started spreading wild across the country, so if you see some growing randomly, go for it (eat young ones, not old) There are no poisonous lookalikes, whole plant is edible. What we call asparagus is actually the unopened flower buds. Flowers are small green bell shaped. Tiny fernlike “leaves” with red fruits. Berries start green and turn red. It has pea-sized red or green berries with 3-6 black seeds inside. The stalks can grow 3-5 (1-2m) feet with stems that grow from the main stalk. High in vitamin A, C, calcium, iron, phosphorus, selenium, anti cancer, anti heart disease, excellent kidney stimulant, urinary tract infections, diuretic, gout, has lots of anti-inflammatories, helps convert amino acids into protein. Roots lower blood pressure. Some say if you eat asparagus every day you will never get cancer.
Edible Plant Guide © 2012 Markus Rothkranz