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Leyende White Asparagus DO Navarre 535g

A Curio and a Delicacy

Con­sid­ered one of the del­i­ca­cies of the fer­tile land along the Ebro Riv­er, the white aspara­gus has both DO pro­tec­tion in Spain and is con­sid­ered an IGP prod­uct with­in the Euro­pean Union.

TAST­ING NOTES FROM THE CURATOR

A del­i­ca­cy all over Europe, the white aspara­gus is only avail­able fresh for a short peri­od in late spring. Picked before they rise above the ground and gain green col­oration, white aspara­gus are soft­er, more del­i­cate, and less stringy than their more com­mon­ly known coun­ter­part. They have a sweet­ness to them and derive the rest of their bal­anced fla­vors from the land and near­by waters where they are grown. Leyende con­serves them in small batch­es to keep them as close to fresh as possible. 

PREPA­RA­TION OR PAIRINGS

White aspara­gus is beau­ti­ful as an appe­tiz­er or part of lunch, sliced and laid out on crusty bread (or pita!) with your char­cu­terie or spread of choice. They are won­der­ful in a sim­ple sal­ad with let­tuce, toma­to, and green onions — all with just a dash of EVOO and bal­sam­ic vine­gar. Very lit­tle cook­ing is nec­es­sary to bring out and high­light the fla­vor of white aspara­gus. In fact, the tra­di­tion­al way to eat it is with just a lit­tle pot of hol­landaise sauce.

AN INTEN­SIVE GROW­ING PROCESS

Apart from being avail­able fresh for only a short time every year, white aspara­gus is con­sid­ered very labor inten­sive to pro­duce. Along the Ebro Riv­er, the crops must be close­ly mon­i­tored with­out expos­ing them to sun­light — pre­vent­ing them from gain­ing chloro­phyl green col­oration. Each stalk must be unearthed indi­vid­u­al­ly, gen­er­al­ly at night or in the shade, and cut by hand. From there, they must be han­dled with care all the way through the con­ser­va­tion process.

Storage Instructions

Keep your unopened con­tain­er in a cool, dry pantry. After open­ing, it is best to con­sume the whole jar, but you can store left­overs in an air­tight con­tain­er in the refrig­er­a­tor — liq­uid includ­ed — for up to a week.