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Ingredient Spotlight: Asparagus

Welcome to the first post in the Opply ingredient spotlight series!

Today we will discuss the tall, tender, green vegetable: asparagus. We will cover what makes the asparagus we sell high-quality, go over a rough pricing guide to buying asparagus wholesale and reveal when you can expect this spring vegetable to be in the peak season (and, therefore, extra tasty!).

 

What Makes a High-Quality Asparagus?

It may be tempting to judge the asparagus by the stalk’s dimensions. However, the stalk’s size is not an accurate indication of the vegetable’s quality.

Ideally, asparagus should have firm, vibrant stalks and straight and firm tips. And the vegetable should smell appetising.

 

A Short Guide to the Different Asparagus Varieties 

Although many people tend to first think of the bright green variety of this plant, there are a few varieties:

  • Green asparagus is the most popular form of this plant. 
  • White asparagus is somewhat popular in Europe due to its delicate, mild flavour and unique appearance. This crop is grown without sunlight, causing the stalk and tips to be white or cream-coloured. 
  • Purple asparagus besides being our (obvious) favourite, purple asparagus has a slightly sweeter and more mild flavour than other types of asparagus. Purple asparagus is green on the inside and usually appears green when cooked. 

 

Asparagus Pricing Information

The price of asparagus had remained relatively steady from 2010 to 2019. In 2019, the average wholesale price of asparagus was around £13 per Kg. Although in peak season in April 2019 it cost £9.58. However, in 2020 asparagus experienced a dramatic dressed in the producer price per Kg.

As with most freshly grown crops, the price can fluctuate year on year, depending on the crop’s quality and abundance. Therefore, the price of asparagus will vary considerably throughout the spring and summer months.

Asparagus Pricing Information

The price of asparagus had remained relatively steady from 2010 to 2019. In 2019, the average wholesale price of asparagus was around £13 per Kg. Although in peak season in April 2019 it cost £9.58. However, in 2020 asparagus experienced a dramatic dressed in the producer price per Kg. 

As with most freshly grown crops, the price can fluctuate year on year, depending on the crop’s quality and abundance. Therefore, the price of asparagus will vary considerably throughout the spring and summer months.

 

When is Asparagus in Season? 

Asparagus season spans from mid or late spring to mid-summer or from late April to the end of June. It is a shorter season than some other vegetables, so it’s worth ordering some during these months while you can find it locally and cook it soon after it’s picked. 

 

When is the Peak of Asparagus Season? 

The asparagus season is only around 2 months long so you are best off ordering and cooking with asparagus while you can. The peak of this short-lived season is April and early May. 

 

Where is Asparagus grown?

Many farmers across Britain grow asparagus. However, the main asparagus producers in the UK are currently in Cambridgeshire, Kent, and Lincolnshire. Although traditionally, the British asparagus crop was planted in Worcestershire. 

 

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