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Bundles of fresh asparagus

The 2018 Season is Getting Close

Asparagus, not the best known of vegetables, but one of the few vegetables that is so packed with flavour you can even eat it on its own, pair it up accompanying dishes or use it to enhance recipes for everything from quiches to kebabs. Full of nutrition and tasting fantastic here you will find everything you could want to know about this healthy vegetable from how to cook it, how to grow it in your garden to where to find festivals in its honour, its history and all sorts of information from the scientific to the obscure!

Need a little more idea to work out where to go first around this site? Read on for a brief taster:

For Gardeners

Asparagus Growing Advice

If you are already growing, or are thinking of growing asparagus take a look at these pages for hints, tips or full instructions :

  • Choose your plant variety
  • Where to locate your bed
  • Prepare the bed for planting
  • Planting time
  • Get your Planting right
  • Care for your plants
  • Harvest ? The BEST BIT!!!
  • Watch out for diseases
  • Control the Slugs and Snails
  • Ask our Expert

Ask Our Expert

We pose your tricky questions to our expert to provide the answers to your asparagus growing problems.

In the Kitchen

Prepare, Cook & Store

Cooking the spears is easy but follow our hints and tips on the various methods of cooking for best results and some different ideas:

  • Steaming
  • Microwave
  • Roasting
  • Grilling
  • Broiling
  • Blanching
  • Freezing 
  • Drying
  • Pickling

Recipes Galore

asparagus quiche
Asparagus and Hollandaise Sauce appetizer

There are many ways to enjoy this delicious treat. Browse through our recipes and see what takes your fancy. Come back again as we are adding recipes all the time:

  • Appetizers
  • Soups
  • Juice
  • Quiches
  • Sauces
  • Dinner Party Recipes
  • Pasta Dishes
  • Grilled Variations
  • Casseroles
  • Unusual Recipes

Take a look at some of the day to day items and specially designed alternatives to make your life easier and your veg taste even better.

  • Fan steamers
  • Microwave steamers
  • Speciality upright steamer
  • Knives
  • Peelers


All the Facts

We have been gathering all sorts of useful (and sometime useless!) facts about our favourite vegetable, we’ll keep adding to the list…..

  • What is it?
  • When is it in Season?
  • Why it makes your urine smell
  • White / Green/ Purple/ Wild
  • The Asparagus family
  • A History
Around the World
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Peru

Healthy Eater?

Health Benefits

Is this vegetable good for you? Well its definitely full of nutrition, counts as one of your 5 a day and has a low glycaemic index.

  • The low down on nutrition
  • Glycaemic Index
  • Asparagus Extract
  • Cancer and Asparagus

Fun Lover

Festivals in Honour of our Favourite Vegetable

We check out Asparagus Festivals around the globe with links to their sites and details of the dates of next years festivals as we hear about them:

  • England – Evesham
  • New England - West Brookfield
  • California - San Joaquin
  • German Festivals

In Summary

If you have never tried cooking this spring vegetable you really should. It is very easy to cook and is not that expensive. You will find it in most supermarkets virtually all year round. For best taste and least food miles buy it during the fairly short season in spring. (April - June in the UK). You will have to make your own mind up about imported vegetables and watch the quality for freshness.

White spears are very much the way to buy and eat this spring vegetable on the continent. Large quantities of canned product are sold in France, Germany and Spain.

Once you've found one way to enjoy it don't stop there, keep trying new recipes and you will love it too. If you have some space and green fingers then an asparagus patch could be you next gardening project. You won't believe the taste of garden grown asparagus.

We hope you enjoy exploring our site. We love and eat all sorts of fresh fruit and vegetables and know that they are helping us stay healthy. We encourage you to do the same.

We are lucky enough to have tried a good few varieties of this tender green treat and we hope you will enjoy reading about what we have discovered.

A range of Varieties of Asparagus for tasting

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The easiest way to cook Asparagus!

All you need is a microwave a plastic Fish / Veg. Steamer and and our instructions.

Asparagus ready to cook in the microwave

Take look at some of our Interesting and Popular Pages

Blanching Asparagus
Blanching Asparagus

Wellies and Tools ready for the garden
Growing Asparagus

Asparagus on the Grill Grilled Asparagus

Asparagus Store at Festival Asparagus Festivals

If you want the

Basics of how to cook fresh asparagus

start by looking at How to Cook Asparagus first for some background information on a range of cooking methods.

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 Ask the Expert

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