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Growing White Asparagus

by Stephanie Suesan Smith on December 8, 2010

White asparagus is considered a delicacy.  It has a milder flavor than green asparagus. White asparagus is preferred in gourmet cooking.  It is also expensive.  Here is how to grow your own.White asparagus is grown just like regular asparagus with one important difference.  The shoots are deprived of light so they never turn green.  There are two ways this is normally done.

The first way is the least expensive.  You simply heap dirt on the crowns so that the shoot is a normal length underground before it pokes through.  You use a knife to cut the shoot from the base and pull it out.  You should have a normal shoot with just a bit of green on it, where the tip poked through.

If you are more ambitious, however, you can try the second method.  A set of hoops are placed along the row of asparagus and covered with black plastic.  This blocks all the light from the shoots.  Every day, you briefly remove the plastic while harvesting the shoots that are ready, then immediately replace it when you are done.  Again, you should have white asparagus.

No wonder white asparagus are so expensive.  They are very labor intensive to grow.  Have you tried to grow asparagus or anything else and keep it white?  How did you do it and did it work?

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Basam December 8, 2010 at 10:15 pm

White asparagus demands a lot of hard work till their maturity but it is interesting to work for their protection.

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Maggie December 10, 2010 at 1:13 am

So this is how white asparagus are made. This is interesting! I want to try the first method of growing white asparagus. I’m really curious how this one grows. Thanks!

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Tampa Computer Services December 20, 2010 at 2:31 am

Growing white asparagus might be a challenge for me. I love gardening but I haven’t tried growing white asparagus and the idea of doing it seems interesting. I think you need to have patience and hard work in doing this. I might try it some time. Anyway, thanks a lot for sharing this info.

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jane from San Diego Drunk Driving Defense January 13, 2011 at 2:37 am

I like Asparagus, and I always make Asparagus salad. I usually mix it with onions and a little vinegar to make it more delicious. I remembered last winter, we made an Asparagus soup and it was really good. Anyway, growing an Asparagus is not that easy. We really need patience and time before enjoying an Asparagus meal..

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Stephanie Suesan Smith January 13, 2011 at 6:24 am

Growing asparagus takes care in the way it is planted and cultivated, but it is a learned skill. I believe anyone can learn it, if they try.

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James from Custom Cables January 14, 2011 at 9:31 pm

I think growing white asparagus is difficult. But you said it is a learned skill. Gotta try this and all I need is patience. I think I have to get a copy of your book so that I can start preparing my vegetable garden. I love vegetables!

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Kate January 22, 2011 at 2:13 am

Wow! You’re definitely right! Growing white asparagus is labor intensive and there’s no doubt that they’re so expensive. Hmm.. since you’ve mentioned the process on how to grow them, perhaps I should try this as well. My sister loves to make vegetable salads, plus she has a vegetable garden too. This might be a great opportunity to grow some white asparagus. Wish me luck!

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