“Sparasea” violet asparagus
Violet bitter Montine asparagus, commonly known as “sparasea”, belongs to the species Asparagus maritimus, the most common kind of asparagus that can be found on the Adriatic coasts. The variety cultivated in present days originates from wild ones selected over time and cross-bred with common ones to increase yields and refine organoleptic characteristics, preserving at the same time the original bitterness, the rusticity, the disease resistance and the precocity of spontaneous species. Montine asparagus is the only green asparagus typical of Veneto.
Look and taste
Shoots are 25 cm long and intense green with violet hues, a light discoloration is allowed at the base. Montine asparagus is highly appreciated for its slightly bitter flavour, main feature of the species coming from the Asparagus maritimus.
To the table
“Sparasee” are consumed as other asparagus, raw in salad but also boiled in soup, potage and purée. They are perfect for a risotto and as seasoning for a pasta or an omelette.