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durleighmarsh.jpgSignalling the start of spring, the British asparagus season lasts just two months. Traditionally known as "sparrow-grass", these nutritious spears are widely recognised as an aphrodisiac. 

Quick and simple to cook, asparagus makes the perfect speedy supper. There is no need to cut the ends, simply bend the spear and it will snap in the perfect spot to banish any woody flavours. Steam, boil, fry or roast it. Try combining it with fresh eggs, charcuterie, mozzarella, ham and pasta. It is versatile and best served simply to allow its flavour to shine.

Look out for Hampshire asparagus at local farm shops and buy bunches from PYO farms including Durleighmarsh and Bourne Valley.


Fascinating facts about asparagus:

Asparagus can grow up to 10cm in one day.
All British asparagus growers stop cutting spears on 21 June - Midsummer's Day. This is to allow time for the plants to store up enough energy for the next growing season.
Large amounts of vitamin E give asparagus its justified reputation as a powerful aphrodisiac.
Rich in antioxidants, eating asparagus can help keep skin looking youthful.
Asparagus is completely fat and cholesterol free, perfect guilt-free food.