24th Apr by Suzie Kember
British Asparagus is now in season! And to celebrate this wonderful vegetable we have a list of some great facts compiled by our App’s very own Lower Ladysden Farm who specialise in seasonal asparagus:
- Asparagus is a member of the Lily family.
- Asparagus spears grow from a crown that is planted about a foot deep in sandy soils.
- Under ideal conditions, an asparagus spear can grow 10″ in a 24-hour period.
- Each crown will send spears up for about 6-7 weeks during the spring and early summer.
- The outdoor temperature determines how much time will be between each picking…early in the season, there may be 4-5 days between pickings and as the days and nights get warmer, a particular field may have to be picked every 24 hours.
- After harvesting is done the spears grow into ferns, which produce red berries and the food and nutrients necessary for a healthy and productive crop the next season.
- An asparagus planting is usually not harvested for the first 3 years after the crowns are planted allowing the crown to develop a strong fibrous root system.
- A well cared for asparagus planting will generally produce for about 15 years without being replanted.
- The larger the diameter, the better the quality!
- Asparagus is a nutrient-dense food which in high in Folic Acid and is a good source of potassium, fiber, vitamin B6, vitamins A and C, and thiamin.
- Asparagus has No Fat, contains No Cholesterol and is low in Sodium.