Asparagus, artichoke and corn are all excellent sources of fiber but their contribution to balanced and healthy diets includes antioxidant vitamins A & C
The potato originated in the Andes region of South America and began to appear in other areas four centuries ago. You can now find the potato all over the world. It's now the fourth-largest food crop and appears in recipes of many regional cuisines.
Maize is the proper word for corn, taken from the Indians of the New World who introduced it to European explorers and settlers. The word corn goes back to Biblical days, and means any particle of grain or any small pellet of anything. In some lands, corn meant wheat; in others it meant barley or oats. Only Americans adopted the word to describe maize.
Today's asparagus has been bred from wild plants that were native to western and central Asia and central Europe. Asparagus has always been considered a luxury vegetable, highly prized in ancient Rome, Egypt and Greece. In Europe, its popularity flourished under the reign of Louis XIV of France, a devotee who encouraged its production.