Chris Parisi’s Pick of The Week

Chris Parisi’s Pick of The Week

New Season Asparagus, Victorian Grown 

Did you know that in the Greek language, the term asparagus literally means to sprout or shoot? This couldn’t be more fitting as we are quite literally shooting through asparagus season as we speak. That said, a fully grown asparagus is no mean feat - it takes them three years from seed to harvest! 

Once they get going, asparagus plants can be cropped each spring for 15 years or more, but the spears start out the diameter of pencil lead in year one. The mini-spears eventually grow into a ferny, waist-high canopy which feeds the underground rhizomes with energy synthesised from the sun. The plants gain strength in year two and by the following spring, some of the spears are reaching the full diameter of a pencil, signalling they’re ready to harvest.

Heard the phrase ‘good things come to those who wait’? Well, it could have been invented for asparagus!

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