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Leyende White Asparagus DO Navarre 535g

A Curio and a Delicacy

Con¬≠sid¬≠ered one of the del¬≠i¬≠ca¬≠cies of the fer¬≠tile land along the Ebro Riv¬≠er, the white aspara¬≠gus has both DO pro¬≠tec¬≠tion in Spain and is con¬≠sid¬≠ered an IGP prod¬≠uct with¬≠in the Euro¬≠pean Union.

TAST­ING NOTES FROM THE CURATOR

A del¬≠i¬≠ca¬≠cy all over Europe, the white aspara¬≠gus is only avail¬≠able fresh for a short peri¬≠od in late spring. Picked before they rise above the ground and gain green col¬≠oration, white aspara¬≠gus are soft¬≠er, more del¬≠i¬≠cate, and less stringy than their more com¬≠mon¬≠ly known coun¬≠ter¬≠part. They have a sweet¬≠ness to them and derive the rest of their bal¬≠anced fla¬≠vors from the land and near¬≠by waters where they are grown. Leyende con¬≠serves them in small batch¬≠es to keep them as close to fresh as possible. 

PREPA­RA­TION OR PAIRINGS

White aspara¬≠gus is beau¬≠ti¬≠ful as an appe¬≠tiz¬≠er or part of lunch, sliced and laid out on crusty bread (or pita!) with your char¬≠cu¬≠terie or spread of choice. They are won¬≠der¬≠ful in a sim¬≠ple sal¬≠ad with let¬≠tuce, toma¬≠to, and green onions‚ÄČ‚ÄĒ‚ÄČall with just a dash of EVOO and bal¬≠sam¬≠ic vine¬≠gar. Very lit¬≠tle cook¬≠ing is nec¬≠es¬≠sary to bring out and high¬≠light the fla¬≠vor of white aspara¬≠gus. In fact, the tra¬≠di¬≠tion¬≠al way to eat it is with just a lit¬≠tle pot of hol¬≠landaise sauce.

AN INTEN­SIVE GROW­ING PROCESS

Apart from being avail¬≠able fresh for only a short time every year, white aspara¬≠gus is con¬≠sid¬≠ered very labor inten¬≠sive to pro¬≠duce. Along the Ebro Riv¬≠er, the crops must be close¬≠ly mon¬≠i¬≠tored with¬≠out expos¬≠ing them to sun¬≠light‚ÄČ‚ÄĒ‚ÄČpre¬≠vent¬≠ing them from gain¬≠ing chloro¬≠phyl green col¬≠oration. Each stalk must be unearthed indi¬≠vid¬≠u¬≠al¬≠ly, gen¬≠er¬≠al¬≠ly at night or in the shade, and cut by hand. From there, they must be han¬≠dled with care all the way through the con¬≠ser¬≠va¬≠tion process.

Storage Instructions

Keep your unopened con¬≠tain¬≠er in a cool, dry pantry. After open¬≠ing, it is best to con¬≠sume the whole jar, but you can store left¬≠overs in an air¬≠tight con¬≠tain¬≠er in the refrig¬≠er¬≠a¬≠tor‚ÄČ‚ÄĒ‚ÄČliq¬≠uid includ¬≠ed‚ÄČ‚ÄĒ‚ÄČfor up to a week.