A genus of perennial plants belonging to the natural order Liliaceæ, and having erect much branched stems, and very slender branchlets which are sometimes mistaken for leaves. Asparagus racemosus is a shrubby climbing plant with fragrant flowers. Specifically: The Asparagus officinalis, a species cultivated in gardens.
The young and tender shoots of Asparagus officinalis, which form a valuable and well-known article of food.
Asparagus's succulent, thin stalks are popular throughout the world. Look for firm, bright-green (or pale-ivory) stalks with tight tips. Since asparagus starts losing flavor from the time it is cut, it's best cooked the same day it is purchased. Wash thoroughly and cut off all hard ends. Asparagus will keep, tightly wrapped in a plastic bag, up to four days in the refrigerator, or stored standing upright in a container with about an inch of water covered with a plastic bag. Asparagus is also available canned and frozen.