A Brief History...
The vegetable came to our shores during the Roman era, but is thought to date back to at least 200BC to the Mediterranean shores. As standing water can rot the roots easily and the vegetable can withstand saltier conditions than other plants, it would make sense that asparagus started off life on the coast line, where the sand would absorb a lot of the moisture.
Much like how samphire, or so-called ‘sea asparagus’ grows in the wild.
The Romans considered asparagus the food of the rich and wealthy, and tried to cultivate it in every country they conquered. So that they could have asparagus all year round, crops from Worcestershire would be transported by a series of runners to high up in the European Alps, where it would be frozen until it was needed by the Roman officials.
So whilst we don’t know exactly why Worcestershire is so perfect for growing asparagus, we can be almost certain that it’s in part to do with the soil that creates such an individual taste that’s been sought after for millennia. Where would we be without soil variety and magic Evesham farmers?
So what better time than to enjoy some locally-grown asparagus? Especially those who are fortunate enough to live in Worcestershire!