Vegetable Seed Production
Family: Liliaceae

Common Name: Asparagus
Scientific Name: Asparagus officinalis
Family: Liliaceae

Asparagus Introduction & History

Asparagus is a unique perennial crop that is also a monocot.

Asparagus is native to the Eastern Mediterranean region and Asia Minor.
The ancient Greeks (200 B.C.) considered asparagus a delicacy.
Greeks and Romans attributed medicinal properties to asparagus.
Asparagus was introduced to America by early North European and British immigrants.
Today commercial production of asparagus is important in many parts of Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand.

Asparagus Seed Production and Identification page