I love September for the new season Australian asparagus. It is such a fresher and better product than the imported alternative. The next 2 to 3 months all our asparagus will be Australian. No white or purple asparagus yet, but they will be with us soon. However as well as the standard bunch, we have beautiful baby asparagus or our double-sized Grande bunches. The Grande bunches look dear but per kg it’s well-priced and it’s my favourite, especially early in the season. By this weekend there will be imperfect asparagus in store too, it won’t always be available but often will be. No fat or cholesterol, Aussie asparagus is the perfect new season Spring vegetable. Growing, harvesting and packing this product is very labour intensive and it’s highly perishable, enjoy it at very competitive prices in all Harris farm stores this week.
HOW TO PICK
HOW TO STOREIf not eating straight away, wrap it in a damp tea towel, pop in a plastic bag and store in the crisper compartment of your fridge. To keep asparagus fresh for longer, trim the ends and stand in a glass with 1-2cm of water. Loosely cover with a plastic bag and store in the fridge.
Look for firm, bright smooth spears of uniform size with closed, compact tips. When you snap freshly harvested asparagus, it should be crisp, moist and juicy.