Herbs of the Holyland by Nissim Krispil

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Prickly Asparagus
Common name:

Prickly Asparagus

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Hebrew name:

אספרג החורש

Scientific name:

Asparagus aphyllus



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perennial plant
1-1.5 m
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The plant grows in Is the Mediterranean grove, mostly between rocky and terra rossa soils.
Asparagus is a common perennial climber from the Mediterranean grove. The plant has hard and thorny stem, needle-shaped or scaly leaves. The flowers are small and bell-shaped, bloom in green and white color. The fruit is a small black and juicy berry. At spring time Soft stems rise from the rhizome. The Young stems are eatable and are also used in folk medicine, particularly for treating urinary tract obstruction, constipation, pain relief during labor and menstruation, lack of blood and liver diseases.
For liver diseases, kidney stones and urinary tract obstruction
 The best way is to eat the soft green stems of the plant as they are. 
Other way is to pickle them in salt. 
Asparagus decoction: boil 200g of young stems in a liter of water, for half an hour, strain and drink 5-4 cups a day.
Asparagus is recalled as a vegetable dish in the Mishnah and Talmud,  "Asparagus is beautiful for the heart and good for the eyes and even more to the intestines" (Babylonian Talmud, Berachot 51). The origin of the name asparagus is Greek; The Greeks gathered the young stems and used them for food. 
In Imperial Rome Asparagus was a delicacy for the rich. The saying: "do-something more necessary than to cook asparagus" is attributing To Augustus Caesar. Maimonides says about the asparagus that it's diuretic breakes and kidney stones.