Sweet Purple Asparagus

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Satisfiable Savorfull Sweet Purple Asparagus

  • Exciting Violet Coloration
  • Nutty Flavor
  • Delicious Raw or Cooked
  • Less Stringy Than Most Varieties
  • Low Maintenance
  • Perennial with LifeSpan of Up to 20 Years
  • Beautiful Fernlike Foliage

Sweet Purple Asparagus (Aspargus officinalis 'Sweet Purple') turns even the most skeptical asparagus eaters into fans of this scrumptious and healthy vegetable.

With a delightful and fun coloration and astoundingly sweet and nutty flavor, this vegetable will soon become your family's favorite. Now that you've discovered this violet veg, your garden and dishes are in-store for a blast of color and brilliant, fresh flavor.

Sweet Purple Asparagus has more than just striking looks. This vegetable reinvents and improves upon the classic asparagus flavor and texture. Sweet Purple Asparagus is 20% sweeter than traditional green asparagus. It also doesn't develop those fibrous strings other varieties are known for.

So, what does Sweet Purple Asparagus taste like? It offers a more mellow flavor with a nutty bite. They are also tender, but still maintain a crisp snap when eaten raw. They also don't become woody, so you can use more of the stalk in dishes.

Why do so many culinary gardeners adore this vivid and unique asparagus variety? Sweet Purple Asparagus makes your asparagus dishes fresh, fun, and full of flavor. It's prized as one of the best raw varieties, but it is also is delectable when blanched, baked, or sauteed.

Use your homegrown asparagus as an additional crunch in a spinach salad with pecans and goat cheese. Or roast this purple veg and watch it transform into a deeper green and serve with sliced almonds, butter, and a spritz of lemon. To maintain the vibrancy of your violet asparagus when cooked, brief cooking times are best.

Don't be surprised when your friends and family ask for seconds, and even thirds, and then ask you for your recipe. Don't worry, we won't share your secret to making the best asparagus dishes.

Not only is asparagus a great way to elevate dinner, but it also packs a nutritional punch. Sweet Purple Asparagus is low in calories but rich in antioxidants, Vitamin B, copper, and iron.

As your Sweet Purple Asparagus shoots emerge in spring, you won't believe your eyes. These deep purple stalks look otherworldly as they push through your garden soil. Their lavished coloration makes for amazing photos.

Sweet Purple Asparagus will be ready for harvest in late spring. You will feel tempted to harvest them early, but let them reach about 8-inches before cutting the spears just below the soil surface. You can continue to collect your Sweet Purple Asparagus until mid-June, when the stalks begin to become thinner.

These sweet garden treats are also a treat for their eyes. They are deep purple to burgundy with redder highlights towards the base. After harvesting is complete by July 1st, you can let your purple asparagus grow and produce the beautiful soft ferny foliage.

This display of spindle-like branches with greenish-white flowers will please your local pollinators. As your Sweet Purple Asparagus matures, it takes on more green tones and fern-like foliage, creating a multi-colored display with a gentle and cheerful character.

If you dabble with floral arrangements, add some cut purple asparagus foliage to your composition. The Sweet Purple Asparagus's soft fern-like form adds character and wonder to your flower combinations.

How to Use Sweet Purple Asparagus in the Landscape

Sweet Purple Asparagus is gorgeous in its own right. This makes it a great choice for adding color to your veggie garden or mixed-use garden.

As a perennial, your purple asparagus will return and fill out year after year, this makes it great for areas that need color. Because Sweet Purple Asparagus does double duty, it also is ideal for smaller home gardens.

Use your Sweet Purple Asparagus as a multi-use hedge with fun and funky flair. You can also use this colorful plant as a screen for the backside of your garden bed or towards the back of your property. Because of its height and soft, romantic appearance, Sweet Purple Asparagus also looks lovely as a back border.

Devoting a section of your vegetable bed to this violet veg is a no-brainer, too.

#ProPlantTips for Care

Looking for the perfect spot for your purple asparagus? Plant your Sweet Purple Asparagus in full sun with well-drained soil. Give your plants ample room to stretch their branches and fill-in.

Sweet Purple Asparagus does well in raised beds, planted in a trench, six-inches below the surface. As your asparagus show their heads, add soil and slowly backfill the hole. Add mulch for weed control.

As a perennial tuber, your plants can be harvested year after year, and they will return healthier and stronger than ever.

Harvest your asparagus with a clean-cut just below or at the soil surface. It will produce new shoots beginning in late winter and can be cut into summer. Once stalks begin to thin, let them grow without trimming. This will provide food for strong and healthy plants next year.

When fall arrives, wait until all of the foliage has turned brown and then cut your Sweet Purple Asparagus at the ground-level.

If you've ever wondered how asparagus could ever get better? We have the answer: Sweet Purple Asparagus. Treat yourself to this royal asparagus. Grow and taste your own Sweet Purple Asparagus by ordering yours now.

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Size Volume
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Size Volume
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Sweet Purple Asparagus Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-7
Growing Zones 3-7
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Aspargus officinalis 'Sweet Purple'
Type Perennial
Mature Height 3 - 4 feet
Mature Spread 2 - 3 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time Late Winter
Fragrant No