Similar in appearance and flavour to the more common white and green asparagus except that it's purple! It has thick maroon to purple spears and tips with a creamy flesh that has a wonderful mild earthy flavour when cooked or eaten raw. Perfect when boiled or steamed, added to stir fries or salads or simply eaten on its own with butter and salt. Plant it ideally in a vegetable plot in a permanent spot.
|Growth Height — 50|
|Light Requirements — Full sun|
|Soil Requirements — Sandy soil, Well drained soil|
Asparagus likes deep, friable, rich soil. If you've got heavy, clay soil, you'll need to mound the plants up or dig in plenty of organic matter so that it becomes nice and well drained. They love soil with a pH of about 6.5 to 7. Dig a deep trench, about 75cm for the long roots - the deeper the better.
Water regularly but be sure that your garden bed has good drainage because they don't like wet feet.
Harvest by gently cutting spears when they are around the width of a pencil. They will then go yellow in autumn and that's the time to cut them back to ground level.