Asparagus - Food of Kings
 "Food of Kings" - so once called the asparagus plant is infinitely useful for health and beauty.

Unfortunately, on the table Russians nowadays this useful product is rare. But the dishes of asparagus often seen in films about the Polish aristocracy.

In ancient times, the asparagus are highly appreciated. Her image remained on the ancient Egyptian monuments belonging to 2700 BC And it shows on the sarcophagi of Egyptian pharaohs.

In ancient Greece, asparagus was the sacred plant dedicated to the goddess of love Aphrodite. She did not eat, and spun out of her wreath. But in ancient Rome asparagus eagerly eaten.

For 200 years BC agrotechnics asparagus, which is almost unchanged reached today, he described the Canon. Asparagus described in his writings, and Pliny the Elder. In ancient cookbook famous gourmet and epicurean brand Gabija Apicius related to the III century BC. e. discovered asparagus recipe. The ancient Romans eat asparagus recommend eating at dejection, irritability and reluctance to communicate.

 Asparagus - Food of Kings
   Then for a while the asparagus was forgotten. But as soon as in 1271 the Crusaders brought the seeds of asparagus in Europe, she found the lost popularity. It is known that in France the asparagus grown in greenhouses especially for the royal table, was a great lover of asparagus and Louis XIV. In those days the asparagus was very expensive delicacy, and it could afford only very rich people.

Asparagus - asparagus officinalis   - A perennial herb of the lily family. Translated from the Greek word asparagus is translated as "escape". At asparagus strong horizontal rhizome with thick roots. It is because of the asparagus roots and shoots and cultured.

At asparagus straight branched stems up to two meters high. Leaves are small. The flowers are also small, greenish-white in the form of bells. Asparagus blooms in June and July. The fruit - red berries are spherical.

Asparagus as a vegetable is grown in almost all European countries and in the United States. In the food consumed young shoots of asparagus, just emerging from the ground.

Asparagus, and its green seedlings comprises: vitamins - A, B, B2, PP, with protein, carbohydrates, fats, folic acid, sucrose, potassium, sulfur, phosphorus, iodine ...

Ancient asparagus valued not only as food but also as a medicinal plant .
- Hippocrates appointed asparagus as a diuretic.
- Dioscorides recommended to eat asparagus for the treatment of kidney disease, as Avicenna in the "Canon of Medicine", wrote that asparagus healing for many diseases.
- In ancient China, asparagus treat cough.
- Asparagus is useful for obesity, diabetes, hypertension, atherosclerosis, liver and kidney.

Asparagus used cosmetic purposes   both internally and externally.

- Cellulite
1, 5 dessert spoons pour 2 cups boiling water and boil for 5 minutes, leave for 1, 5-2 hours, strain and take ½ cup 3-4 times a day. The same broth wipe your face with acne.

- For facial rejuvenation
Chop the asparagus, take 2 tbsp. spoon, add the same amount of cream cheese and so as to obtain a creamy mass apply on face for 10 minutes, rinse with lukewarm water, wash with cool.

- Moisturizing Mask
1 tbsp. chopped asparagus mixed with 2 tbsp. tablespoons grated grated cucumber and 1 drop of rose essential oil (no more!) Apply to face for 10 minutes, rinse with boiled water at room temperature and, ideally, cucumber juice and wash two hours. The skin becomes soft and tender.

- For pale skin
1 tbsp. a spoonful of chopped asparagus mixed with 1 tbsp. dollop of sour cream and 1 teaspoon of carrot juice. Apply on face for 10 minutes, rinse with lukewarm brew black tea, after five minutes to wipe the face with ice cubes.
Author: Natalia Alexeeva