Green asparagus derives its colour from the process of photosynthesis as the spear emerges from the soil into direct sunlight.
The asparagus plant is erratic and unpredictable. It is vulnerable to frost, hail, heat and wind, which bends the spears and, under extreme conditions causes “sand blasting” of the tender spears. The growing, harvesting and packing of asparagus are extremely labour intensive processes and once harvested, asparagus is a delicate product.
People often think that thin spears are young shoots and therefore more tender, however, the long, thick dark green glossy spears with tightly closed heads are the best quality.
Asparagus is a seasonal product. We work with Australian growers and they are an integral part of our business but to compliment the seasons we import so that asparagus can be on the menu all year round.