Updated: Mar 1, 2021
We will soon be approaching the season for asparagus.
Stefano's home town and the place where we met is famed for its white asparagus, a sweeter and smoother variety. The fairytale goes a little like this...
"Originating from the shores of the River Brenta the story of the white asparagus began in the 1500's when Bassano was hit with a hailstorm. The crop was destroyed, forcing the farmers to harvest the part that was underground, still white from a lack yet of sunlight. Upon tasting the asparagus the farmer was amazed by how tasty and tender it was, and so began to cultivate it underground as regular practice."
However. it appears more likely that the white asparagus was first introduced from Egypt and in finding a natural affinity with the soil in these region flourished!
In easier times we would bring huge jars of Nonna's white asparagus 'agro-dolce' preserved in oil and vinegar home with us to see us through the year until our next trip!
The green asparagus that we are more familiar with here in the UK, is also popular however and in Italy both varieties are typically served with eggs.