Asparagus is a mild laxative (primarily from the bulk of its fiber) and increases urine output from the kidneys. It can also increase perspiration. The green tips are high in Vitamin A and the rest of the stalk is full of good fiber. Asparagus contains nutrients beneficial to your major organs such as your liver, skin and bones. Asparagus is a perennial and well worth growing in your garden because it will increase in production every year and give you year’s of food. It’s also one of the earliest foods you can harvest–April in Zone 6. When the first few shoots emerge, they never make it into the kitchen. You can eat it raw as it’s tender and delicious. It also makes a great pasta sauce. Process raw asparagus in the food processor with a little garlic and salt and a dash of oil and you have asparagus pesto.