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By eating seasonally, you can not only enjoy fresh and flavourful produce, but also make a positive impact on the planet and your well-being. Asparagus is a prime example of a delicious and nutritious vegetable that is best enjoyed during its peak season, making it the perfect choice for your weekend planting project.
Asparagus creates a harvest during April, May, and June. So, we recommend picking up some asparagus from your local supermarket this weekend. If you’re treating yourself to a meal out, choose the asparagus meal and know that it is less likely to contain any chemicals and hasn’t traveled hundreds of miles from overseas.
Traditionally, asparagus is grown in Western Europe, from northern Spain to northwest Germany. It’s not uncommon for it to be grown in Ireland or the UK. Asparagus can take up to three years to produce any produce, but once sprouting, the plant can produce for up to twenty years.
Eating asparagus seasonally offers many benefits, such as:
- Reducing your carbon footprint.
- Reducing your chances of eating chemicals (including preservatives).
- Supporting your local farmers and community.
- Enjoying produce that tastes better because it is at its peak of freshness and flavour.
Asparagus is a versatile vegetable that can be cooked in many ways, such as:
- But we recommend simply boiling your asparagus is some salted water. Let it boil for 1-3 minutes, until a rich green. Serve with plenty of butter and a squeeze of lemon.