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"This vegetable is suitable only for the rich, since it lacks substance and has mild aphrodisiac qualities. It is a delicate food."

La Régnière, 17th century

"Asparagus… seems to inspire gentle thought."

Charles Lamb (1775-1834), English essayist

Tradition holds that asparagus, a springtime vegetable, disappears in the fires of St. John the Baptist's day (June 24), in the first heat of summer. Asparagus has inspired and attracted the attention of many, from France's François I to the Sun King, who demanded it even in winter! Because of its phallic shape and sensual appeal, asparagus was banned from girls' schools in the 19th century by nuns who feared it would excite the senses and imaginations of young ladies!

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