Now, we both love asparagus and there is good availability here of the normal supermarket green/purple tipped variety and the thicker (and to me better flavoured) white spears. Thinking back to 2005 we were probably paying €6/Kg for the good stuff and easily spent €30/€40 on it.. it’s a shortish season and it seems like a shame to pass up on what is a superb vegetable.
A quick tootle to the shops yesterday to buy a few sackfulls of potting compost and we stumbled across what looked like a great offer for asparagus crowns. So I’ve bought two sackfulls of two year old crowns of white asparagus and one sack of one year old crowns of green tipped.
Growing asparagus takes some time and we won’t be seeing heavy crops for a year or two but we will be rewarded with probably 20-30kg of veg every year for the next 30 years.
A rough calculation shows my €18 investment in crowns should net a lifetime return of over €5000 worth of veg… it’s not the money as such.. it’s more the prospect of a giant bounty of veg every May, June and July and the endless risottos, soups and… my fave… grilled with a hot butter/anchovy dressing.
Now, if only I could rustle up some clever way of growing my own anchovies!