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Asparagus Tips

My favourite local farm shops, farmers markets, Delis and of course some supermarkets are full of British asparagus as we are officially in to the eight week season! British asparagus season is officially from the end of April until mid June so make sure you buy British and enjoy this versatile vegetable while you can!

Asparagus comes from the Greek language and means ‘sprout’ or ‘shoot’. It is a spring vegetable and a member of the lily family, related to leeks, onions and garlic. It really is a special crop taking three years from seed to harvest. Each spear is harvested by hand when it reaches just the right height. It looks very strange, growing individually each spear standing alone row by row! No frills, no leaves, just asparagus, ready to be snipped at the base to eat.