Shatavari / Yemil Mati / शतावरी / Satavar/Shatavari / Asparagus racemosus

Local Name: Shatavari / Yemil Mati / शतावरी

Common Name: Satavar/Shatavari

Botanical Name: Asparagus racemosus

Status & Habitat

  • Status: Common. Cultivable

  • Habitat: Shrub

  • Occurrence: Gravelly, rocky soils

  • Season of Availability: Year-round

  • Geography: From Africa to South Asia

  • Method of Propagation: Seed and Vegetative propagation

  • Part used for Propagation: Seeds and Cuttings

Edible Parts

  • Edible Parts: Leaves & Roots

  • Can be Eaten Raw: Yes

Method of Consumption

  • Raw: Yes

  • Ripe: N/A

  • Both Raw & Ripe: N/A

  • Dangerous Form to Consume: N/A

  • As Food: Tender shoots are cooked as vegetable.

  • As Medicine: Typically taken with milk, as a powder, or as a tablet made from the roots.

  • Cooking Without Prior Boiling: Yes

  • Boiling Before Cooking: Not required

  • Pickling: N/A

  • Brining: N/A

  • Fermenting: N/A

  • Drying for later Consumption: Yes, Roots

  • Overall Method: Eaten raw mostly as a medicine.

Nutritional & Medicinal Benefits

  • Nutritional Benefit: Good source of calcium and iron.

  • Medicinal Benefit: Gynecological Disorders, Leucorrhea, Aphrodisiac, Used to increase lactation, Hyperacidity, Diabetes, Skin diseases

Tribal Wisdom

  • Tribal Wisdom: Helps reduce acne; treats diarrhea; aids digestion.


  • Tribal Recipe: Root decoction can be taken to treat nervous disorders or ulcers.