Asparagus

ABOUT

ASPARAGUS

ABOUT ASPARAGUS

Learn all about our wonderful British asparagus.

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Season
starts

23 APRIL

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IT'S BEST FRESHLY PICKED

IT'S BEST FRESHLY PICKED

The less time it takes to get asparagus from the field to the plate, the better it will taste because the sugars in the plant start to turn to starch once it's picked.

IT'S A SUPERFOOD

IT'S A SUPERFOOD

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Asparagus has no fat or cholesterol, virtually no natural sodium and very few calories. It contains high levels of the amino acid asparagine, which serves as a natural diuretic, helping rid the body of excess salts, especially beneficial for people who suffer from edema, high blood pressure or other heart-related diseases.

Asparagus is also very high in glutathione — an amino acid compound with potent antioxidant properties; a must as an anti-aging deterrent and a detoxifying compound that helps break down carcinogens.

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IT'S SEASONAL

IT'S SEASONAL

Asparagus is only available from the end of April to the end of June each year. Traditionally harvested any time from St George's day onwards through to midsummer, it's best eaten when grown and picked fresh.

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IT'S GOT VITAMINS

IT'S GOT VITAMINS

Asparagus is a good source of vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium, and zinc, and a very good source of dietary fibre, protein, beta-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, thiamin, riboflavin, rutin, niacin, folic acid, iron, phosphorus, potassium, copper, manganese, and selenium as well as chromium, a trace mineral that regulates the ability of insulin to transport glucose from the bloodstream into cells.

Season starts:

23 April
2022

Next asparagus season starts 23 April 2022

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days to go!

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IT'S BEEN AROUND SINCE 3000BC

IT'S BEEN AROUND SINCE 3000BC

Asparagus is pictured as an offering on an Egyptian frieze dating to 3000 BC. It was also known in Syria and in Spain. The Greeks and Romans ate it fresh when in season, and dried the vegetable for use in winter.

The Romans particularly loved the vegetable. Roman Epicureans froze its sprouts high in the Alps for the Feast of Epicurus, and Emperor Augustus created the "Asparagus Fleet" for hauling the vegetable. He also coined the expression "faster than cooking asparagus" as a term for quick action. 


A recipe for cooking asparagus is given in one of the oldest surviving collections of Roman cookery recipes dating from the 1st century AD, and in the 2nd century AD, the Greek physician Galen, highly respected within Roman society, mentioned asparagus as a beneficial herb. 

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IT TAKES 3 YEARS TO GROW

IT TAKES 3 YEARS TO GROW

Asparagus takes three years to grow from seed to harvest. Once they get going, asparagus plants can be cropped each spring for 15 years or more, but the spears start out the diameter of pencil lead in year one.

 

The mini-spears eventually grow into a ferny, waist-high canopy which feeds the underground rhizomes with energy synthesized from the sun.

 

The plants gain strength in year two and by the following spring, some of the spears are reaching the full diameter of a pencil, signaling they’re ready to harvest.

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ABOUT

ASPARAGUS

ABOUT

ASPARAGUS

British asparagus is packed full of goodness, so not only are you getting a delicious vegetable but a healthy one too!
 

Eating asparagus promotes healthy bacteria, contains vitamin K, essential for healthy blood clotting and is is a rich source of vitamin C which boosts your immune system.

Asparagus is believed to help detoxify the body, can help to cure hangovers and can improve your libido!

ORDER YOURS

ORDER YOURS

Asparagus is best when grown and picked fresh.

It only has a short season so make sure you don't miss out!

From the end of April to the end of June, we supply fresh green asparagus to high quality retail outlets and farm shops.

Our asparagus is served in the best restaurants across the UK, and you can now order yours online directly from us.

ASPARAGUS

RECIPES

ASPARAGUS

RECIPES

There are so many ways to enjoy delicious asparagus!

It's only available from the end of April to the end of June, so it's a real seasonal delicacy.

 

Normally it's used by all the top chefs at this time of year, but if Covid is stopping you getting to your favourite restaurant, make the most of it's short season by trying some of our recipes.

Don't forget to get yours ordered before the end of June!