April 23, 2011

White Asparagus in Alto Adige.

Way up high in the Dolomite Mountains in Trentino Alto Adige, I discovered a new appreciation for the great white asparagus! (asparagi) It is grown in covered soil called hilling to prevent photosynthesis. This prevents the asparagus from turning green and herbaceous. White asparagus is sweeter and much more tender which makes it more elegant in flavor.

While I was at Cantina Terlano, I took this video of a processing plant that they have inside the winery. They produce the best white asparagus in the region under the “Margarete” label. Harvests for this delicate and flavorful vegetable are from late April to early June.

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