Over the last two weeks, I have loved seeing the early harvest of British Asparagus in the shops! It’s truly one of my favourite foods! These green spears are the epitome of seasonal produce! They taste amazing when in season and are far superior to the imported stuff. We should celebrate it!
British asparagus season is a national event in the world of food service. For a short
period of time each year, chefs around the UK can source arguably the best asparagus
spears available from right here on British soil. So when does The British asparagus season start?
As always, the start and end of the season shifts from year to year, depending on
weather conditions. But traditionally, the British asparagus season runs from St
George’s Day on the 23rd April through to Summer Solstice on the 21st June.
That’s just 8 and a half weeks to make the most of this fantastic crop. And in some
years that window of opportunity can be even shorter.
DID YOU KNOW?
– Asparagus can help to cure hangovers and protect the liver against toxins! That makes it a super veg in my eyes!
– Each spear can grow up to 10 cm a day!
– It is a rich source of vitamin C. which boosts your immune system
WINE AND ASPARAGUS BY ALISTAIR GIBSON. HERITAGE CELLARS
As I have regularly said over the years, when it comes to new season produce Spring is my absolute favourite time of year. Wild Garlic, Rhubarb and New Potatoes are all now making an appearance but for me, it is the first taste of English Asparagus that really marks the start of Spring. It might have been available now for a few weeks but 23rd April – St. Georges Day- marks the official start of the English Asparagus season
and it only really lasts until the end of June at best. It is time to make the most of it while it is here. Pairing wine with Asparagus seems to generate much debate but in truth avoid overly oaky wines and wines with too much sweetness. Crisp dry white wines work best.
Sauvignon Blanc is probably the most popular choice to match with the new season Asparagus and The Crossings Sauvignon Blanc is a great choice.
The Crossings Sauvignon Blanc 2022. Marlborough
Layers of tropical fruits, herbal notes and zesty lime, this wine has an enticing bouquet synonymous with classic Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. The palate is brimming with pure fruit and bright fresh acidity that drives a complex and mineral finish.