super vegetables Super Asparagus


Basic information

Prized for its wealth of nutritional and functional properties, Peruvian asparagus joins a long list of superfoods that our land of great biodiversity, heritage and culture brings to the world table. Today, Peru is the top exporter and second largest producer of this crop with around 62,000 acres under cultivation, or 15% of all asparagus grown worldwide.

Seasonal availability

All year round.

Human health benefits

Asparagus keeps skin healthy and strong because it improves blood flow. It also helps break down carcinogens in the body because it contains the compound glutathione. The natural antioxidant content of this vegetable slows the aging process and prevents decline in brain function. It also serves to keep the urinary system flowing well, prevent premature births, and regulate the formation of nerve cells in embryos and fetuses.

This superfood prevents colon cancer, blocks the growth of leukemia cells and regulates constipation.


It contains fiber, vitamin C, vitamin B1 (thiamine), vitamin B6, vitamin C and folate. This food is also low in fat because it has no cholesterol and is a low-calorie option.

It also provides 10% of the daily recommended intake of potassium, as well as significant quantities of minerals like fluoride, copper, zinc, magnesium and iodine.

Its scientific name is Asparagus officinalis, and the crop falls into two categories, with white and green varieties.

White asparagus has been covered by earth to shield it from the sun’s rays and keep it white when harvested.

Green asparagus  is grown in the open air and takes on its color through exposure to the sun.


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Geographical distribution