Definition of asparagus in US English:



  • 1A tall plant of the lily family with fine feathery foliage, cultivated for its edible shoots.

    Asparagus officinalis, family Liliaceae

    • ‘Seed placement is also critical because the roots of asparagus plants grow only below the seed.’
    • ‘If the asparagus is fresh, then snap the stalks where they bend, otherwise cut.’
    • ‘You can plant asparagus right in your garden or in the middle of a lawn.’
    • ‘Despite the admirable longevity of an established asparagus bed, the plants get off to a slow start.’
    • ‘It's a good time to plant asparagus in a well-prepared bed.’
    • ‘Asparagus beetles tend to shy away from asparagus when tomatoes, parsley or basil are planted nearby.’
    • ‘Early spring is the best time to plant asparagus, but late fall is almost as good.’
    • ‘To grow good crowns, vigorous seed should be planted in soil that has never grown asparagus.’
    • ‘Does your mouth water when your neighbors harvest their first asparagus while yours is mere shoots?’
    • ‘The perennial raised bed will be their home for the next 20 years or so, and it needed considerable attention to get it ready for the asparagus.’
    • ‘Tilling the soil disperses asparagus seeds and encourages quick germination.’
    • ‘The best way to start an asparagus patch is by planting the asparagus crowns or roots.’
    • ‘Later in the spring, they can be found all over the asparagus plants but usually they do only minor damage.’
    • ‘Snap the woody ends off the asparagus stalks, rinse them well, and dry them thoroughly with paper towels.’
    • ‘If not cut for food, the shoots that give rise to the spears each year eventually become the ferns of the asparagus plant.’
    • ‘Perennials, such as artichokes, asparagus and rhubarb are also sold in bare-root form.’
    • ‘Hose it down to reduce the salt levels and use as a mulch on plants such as asparagus or add it to the compost heap.’
    • ‘The pumpkins are flowering, the asparagus is ready to rest.’
    • ‘A member of the lily family, asparagus is also related to onions, leeks and garlic.’
    • ‘He worked hard, raised a family and saved enough money to buy a small asparagus farm of his own.’
    • ‘Were he to live in Ireland, damper by far than his Norfolk base, he'd grow lots more asparagus and globe artichokes.’
    1. 1.1 The tender young shoots of the asparagus, eaten as a vegetable and considered a delicacy.
      • ‘The tender, juicy asparagus provides a counterpoint to the fried food.’
      • ‘However, the much thinner shoots of wild asparagus are often edible and are still eaten.’
      • ‘My poached asparagus and ricotta looked rather minimalist on the white porcelain plate when it arrived.’
      • ‘Spoon a portion of the potatoes in the center of the plate and arrange the asparagus to one side.’
      • ‘Spoon a portion of the fondue on top of the asparagus and garnish with the basil leaves.’
      • ‘I fed the crew pork chops with sage and prosciutto in a white wine sauce and an asparagus and gruyere tart last night.’
      • ‘The appearance of thin, young asparagus spears in the market is a sure-fire sign of spring.’
      • ‘Combine the corn with steamed green vegetables like asparagus and offer baked potatoes to ensure the children don't go hungry.’
      • ‘Toss the asparagus in the oil and vinegar, and season with salt and pepper.’
      • ‘Remove the asparagus from the water and immediately dress it with a little softened butter and thin slices of the cheese.’
      • ‘With their skillful hands they even made the asparagus and peas taste good.’
      • ‘Lightly brush the asparagus with butter and sprinkle with the pepper mix.’
      • ‘Place the asparagus in a shallow bowl and cover with the grapeseed oil.’
      • ‘I like to serve this with wilted spinach and steamed asparagus spears.’
      • ‘Divide the asparagus between four dinner plates and arrange the tomatoes and haloumi on top.’
      • ‘Arrange the asparagus tips and sauteed porcini mushrooms around the filets.’
      • ‘My sea bass was faultless and came surrounded by tender asparagus and spirals of vinaigrette.’
      • ‘Good sources of folate include oranges, green leafy vegetables, asparagus and cantaloupe melon.’
      • ‘Pour the marinade over the asparagus and place in the refrigerator for two hours.’
      • ‘Reheat the asparagus and broad beans with a little butter and arrange all the elements on the plate with the tomatoes.’


Mid 16th century: via Latin from Greek asparagos.