We’ve already told you about the joys of fresh British asparagus.  Hey, we’ve even given you a great recipe in the form of our Smoked Salmon & Roasted British Asparagus Frittata.  What we haven’t done yet is tell you all about the fantastic farm that our asparagus comes from.

Step forward David Markham and his family, who are arable farmers based in the village of Newton Purcell. The family grow
a range of crops, but have also diversified into growing fresh asparagus spears – which is great news for LPQ!

David and the family farm 2,000 acres of land and the asparagus makes up just 15 acres of that. They grow three different varieties of the crop – Backlin, Millennium and Gijnlim.  They’ve been farming in the area for three generations and are forward thinkers in terms of adding more arrows to their bow in order to survive traditional farming. In addition to their arable roots, they have also previously grown potatoes on their land.

It’s easy enough to enjoy asparagus when it’s in season, but it’s even easier knowing all of the powerful health benefits associated with this springtime vegetable. Nutrient-dense and fibre-rich, asparagus is is full of cancer fighting compounds and is known to have a detoxifying effect on the body. Vitamin A and a compound called glutathione, in particular, are antioxidants that protect against cancer and slow the aging process by breaking down free radicals in the body.

In addition, the high levels of folate, when combined with vitamin B12, help to prevent cognitive decline as we age. Asparagus also contains inulin, a prebiotic which promotes the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut.

Needless to say, asparagus is not only a great choice for for your taste buds, but also for your health. Come in and taste this gorgeous vegetable in its prime season. We can’t wait to hear what you think!