The season for asparagus
Asparagus is a green vegetable which is in season in Britain for just a short period from late April to June. It grows suddenly, and very quickly – as much as 15 cm in one day. It has to be eaten at just the time right because if you leave it growing for too long, and it becomes too big, it loses it’s nice soft texture and flavour. Most people cook it using boiling water or steam and then add a little butter. The spears are delicate, sweet and have a fresh flavour.
Last year, British people spent £65 million on nine million kilos of asparagus. Part of the appeal is the health benefits. It contains B vitamins which are good for energy and the nervous system and vitamin K which is good for strong bones. It is also very low in calories so is healthy choice for people who are trying to control their weight.
steam the vapour when water boils
spears long and pointed, like a weapon
delicate fragile, not strong