White asparagus is identical to green asparagus, except that it is cultivated without sunlight. The denial of the sun to the spears as they develop prevents photosynthesis from taking place, which is the mechanism that results in the green coloration of plants.
To develop the plants in the dark, the dirt is piled on top of spears as they emerge, and then the spears are sliced well below the surface with a special knife before they break through the soil and into the light.
White asparagus is very common across Europe, except for the United Kingdom, where green asparagus is the predominant kind. The Netherlands, Spain, France, Switzerland, and Germany are all significant consumers of White Asparagus, as is the rest of Europe.
Some parts of Germany have extremely sandy soils that are especially suitable for the growing process, and in these places, White Asparagus, also known as Spargel, is a thriving industry. During the spargel season, numerous restaurants in these asparagus-growing areas open their doors, offering spargel menus and organizing “Spargel Routes.” Week-long festivals with live music, Spargel queens, and other activities take place.
On the continent, white canned asparagus may be found on the shelves of almost any supermarket, among other canned goods. It seems to be exceptionally extensively consumed based on the amount of merchandise available for purchase.
White asparagus has also been revered for its purifying and energizing qualities since ancient Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Ancient writings even praised asparagus as an aphrodisiac, but modern research has found no evidence to back this claim.
Do you think the unique shape of the vegetable has anything to do with this? The soft, silky tip of a well-prepared white asparagus tip has a taste that is distinctly sexual in nature. It was no accident that the white asparagus was given the name “points d’amour” by Madame de Pompadour, which means “love points.”