Asparagus come from Eurasia, a temperate region. Known since antiquity, it was greatly appreciated by the Greeks. Associated to Aphrodite, the goddess of Love, it was consumed for its aphrodisiac properties. They were somehow forgotten during the Middle Ages, until Catherine de Medici made them fashionable again. Considered a luxury food and consumed primarily by wealthy people, it was also used in pharmacology, helpful with bee stings, toothaches and cardiac problems. While only four varieties are popular in France, twelve varieties are consumed throughout Europe where production reaches 250k tons a year. The main producing countries are China, Peru, U.S.A, Mexico and Spain.