Buy one-year-old purple asparagus crowns. Each pack of 4 crowns comes with planting and growing instructions. This lovely purple asparagus is fatter, sweeter and less fibrous than green asparagus. This Pacific Purple variety is NZ bred, free from genetically modified material and also higher in antioxidants than the green asparagus.
You can use purple asparagus to produce the traditional sweet white asparagus spears prized by cooks in Europe. All you need to do is cover the asparagus bed with black plastic each spring to keep the light off the first new spears. Plant the crowns in a well prepared dedicated bed and you will have asparagus for many years to come.