Fresh asparagus is now available in Norfolk County this spring.
We’re Canada’s Asparagus Capital. Our farmers grow and harvest more asparagus spears than anywhere else in the nation.
— The Apple Place (@TheApplePlaceNC) May 7, 2018
Usually you can find asparagus at these locations, but call ahead to make sure they have some in stock.
According to the Asparagus Growers of Ontario, there are three different colours of asparagus: green, white and purple:
GREEN asparagus has color because of a process called ‘photosynthesis.’ This is a process where plants use sunlight to produce chlorophyll, which gives them their green colour.
WHITE asparagus is actually just green asparagus but the farmer mounds soil on top of the spears so they never see sunlight! So it does not perform ‘photosynthesis’ and therefore has no colour!
PURPLE asparagus is simply a variety of green asparagus that has a gene that makes it purple, even though it still uses photosynthesis (i.e. produces chlorophyll). It is sweeter than green asparagus.