As I mentioned previously I love asparagus, not only does it taste great, but apparently it is a superfood and good for you! Low in calories and packed full of nutrients including folic acid, potassium, fiber, thiamin and vitamins A, B6 and C, it is a tasty vegetable that provides numerous health benefits.
In my mind you can’t beat locally grown British Green asparagus, when in season. I have also tried the white asparagus which they use a lot in the Mediterranean, but this is one of the few things I don’t miss from my times in Spain, as I find the texture slightly off putting and it has a bittersweet taste.
During my time at Ludlow Spring Fair I came across a new type of asparagus …. purple! My favourite colour and in a tasty vegetable, it brought a smile to my face!
This was on show by Shropshire Asparagus, who grow both green and purple types at their farm in Bridgnorth. Well, I just couldn’t resist getting some of the purple, as I love trying new things. The very helpful ladies on the stall went on to explain that the purple variety, which is only grown by a handful of producers in the UK, has much smaller quantities of lignin, the fibrous material that makes the green version stringy, which makes it perfect for eating raw, and incorporating into salads.
With the hint of summer in the air, it wasn’t long before I used it in a simple salad.
The combination of salad leaves, purple asparagus and the spanish goats cheese Murcia al Vino, which with it’s purple hue was a perfect compliment, created an attractive and delicious looking salad. Served with a hunk of crusty bread on the patio and I was in heaven. I really did enjoy the flavour and texture the purple asparagus gives to the salad.
Which leaves me to part with my only dilemma – where to get some more without driving to Bridgnorth? I have not seen it any of my local supermarkets. Do you know where a south staffordshire foodie can satisfy her purple asparagus desires?