More asparagus is grown in Worcestershire than anywhere else in the country and the shoots from Evesham are considered to be some of the very best in the world. Our county is often acknowledged as having ideal conditions for growing the vegetable. Many say it's the sandy soil coupled with the mild weather, while others simply think farmers in Worcestershire are just great at their job! Asparagus thrives in well-drained soil or in raiser beds, as long as it is kept well fed and weed-free.
The British Asparagus Festival – which celebrates everything that is great about the asparagus - has been held in Worcestershire since 2006 which speaks volumes about how well thought of our asparagus really is! The asparagus season runs from March to June. Planted as a crown, it takes two years to establish but once in production, the asparagus crowns can be productive for 10 years or more.
Interesting facts about asparagus from www.britishasparagusfestival.org
- In Old English asparagus was also called 'Sparrow Grass' and the term still survives locally today.
- Asparagus has been used from very early times as a vegetable and medicine, due to its delicate flavour and diuretic properties.
- Asparagus was cultivated by the ancient Egyptians, Greeks and Romans.
- French asparagus is purple, the British and American varieties are green. In contrast, Spanish and much Dutch asparagus is white.