Asparagus is here, it’s in abundance, and it’s very good.
Did you know this stuff is quite hard to harvest? The growers need to be patient as they only get a good crop on their third year.
And did you also know that the bigger the spear, the more flavoursome it is?
This spring vegetable is a flowering perennial plant species once classified as the lily family along with onion and garlic, but is now in the Asparagaceae family.
Only the young asparagus shoots are commonly eaten, and once the buds open, the shoots turn woody quite quickly.
Asparagus is high in water, low in calories and sodium and is a good source of Vitamin B6, calcium, magnesium and zinc, and a great source of dietary fibre and protein.
Asparagus is in abundance right now, and available each Saturday from Donald Smith and Melissa Pure Fresh Honey while stocks last. Come in and get some.
You can never be bored in the fruit and veg department, as there’s always such a mix on offer at the Market. This month it’s figs, melons, stone fruit and yes… corn and chestnuts are coming.
Figs are a lovely addition to your fruit bowl, desserts or to mix with savoury morsels on a platter, and right now they’re available from our friends at Lindfield Park Produce . Stone fruit, in particular plums, are now available from Young District Stone Fruit, and we have lovely fresh melons from Melissa Pure Fresh Honey and Auddino’s Produce.
Stay tuned because juicy sweet corn and chestnuts are on their way to Market.