Asparagus have been cultivated for over 2,000 years and have, for centuries, been considered the "Food of Kings". As early as 200 BC, Cato gave instructions for growing asparagus. Asparagus were cultivated by the ancient Romans from Julius Caesar to Augustus. King Louis XIV even had special greenhouses built so that he could enjoy them year round. Although native to the Mediterranean region, asparagus thrive in the United States, Mexico, and South America. These edible shoots are members of the lily family and their name was derived from the Greek word "asparagos" meaning sprouts.
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