Wild asparagus is very important edible plant in Mediterranean area. Main part of the plant which is used for food are shoots. It has been collected from the ancient time. It is considered an interesting crop for marginal rural areas due to its frugality, which allows it to be cultivated in arid soils, and for its already existing market.
The wild asparagus is considered a healthy food used in folk medicine as diuretic to treat several kidney related disorders. It is consumed cooked in different dishes, although it is preferred with eggs, i.e. omelets, scrambled or poached eggs. According to nutritional studies, the spears of A. acutifolius are rich in flavonoids and vitamin C, showing a high antioxidant activity (even when examined after boiling). Specifically, their content of ascorbic acid is more than fivefold higher than that from the cultivated asparagus, A. officinalis L.