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What do you do with a four foot asparagus?

5 baskets of asparagus

2:54pm 10th May 2018
(Updated 5:34pm 10th May 2018)

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Full grown asparagus can reach heights of four feet. So what do you do with it then? 

The answer, according to Malcolm Ingleby at High Grange Farm, is top it, chop it, and leave it in the ground. Apply some fertiliser, kill off the weeds, and it starts to grow into the veg we all recognise. 

In optimal conditions, you could harvest from the plant twice in a day. The perfect growing season is short, running from April to June.

It's got to be not to thin and not to thick, and it must be fresh. Class One Direct get asparagus from field to chopping board within 24 hours, where Joe from Class One suggests you serve it steamed, still packing a little crunch, and served with butter. George recommends his wife's recipe: baked with a little balsamic vinegar. 

Pete Egerton from Stray FM was at High Grange Farm talking with Joe and Malcom about the growing of asparagus:

 

 

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