Just as the name implies this deep purple variety has 20% more sweetness than green asparagus. The large sturdy spears are almost stringless making it delicious both cooked and raw. The sizable spears are tender right to the base allowing less waste. The mild, nutty flavor is a must have for the gourmet gardener.
Harvest: Ready for harvest in 3-4 years, may selectively pick a few spears during the second-third year.
Tips: Plant in fertile soil, amended with compost or well rotted manure and keep well watered. Keep weeded as asparagus doesn't compete well with weeds. Cut the fern- like growth to the ground when it becomes yellow and mulch with compost in fall.