Bickley Valley Asparagus Farm
- White,Green & Purple Asparagus
Asparagus has abundant nutrition packed into every spear, including a range of B group vitamins, vitamin C and potassium, add to that the emerging research that asparagus has bio active compounds like antioxidants, that are helping to protect the body against future disease and you have a pretty impressive vegetable.
White asparagus has long been considered a delicacy, particularly by Europeans. To keep the white colour the asparagus has to be grown in the dark making it more difficult to grow and harvest. The white asparagus has a more delicate and sweeter flavour and is more tender than the green.
Green asparagus derives its colour from the process of photosynthesis as the spear emerges from the soil into the sunlight. A common misconception is that thin spears are young shoots and therefore more tender. In fact, long, thick dark green glossy spears with tightly closed heads are the best quality. correct cooking results in vibrant green spears with a delightful tender crisp texture.
Purple asparagus is a different variety to green and white asparagus. its purple colour comes from the high levels of anthocyanins (potent antioxidants) in the spears. it has a lower fibre content than the white or green, making it more tender and the whole spear can be eaten from tip to bottom. Purple asparagus produces sweeter spears than green or white asparagus. Fresh purple asparagus is deeply fruit flavoured and tender crisp and best eaten raw in salads.